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DAKOTA HAWKS NAME NEW HEAD ADAPTED CI SOCCER COACH
APPLE VALLEY, MN- Eastview High School Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Athletics and District 196 AD for the Dakota Hawks, Matt Percival, has announced the hiring of Brett Kosidowski as Head Adapted Soccer Coach for the 2019-20 season with the Dakota United Hawks (CI) team. Kosidowski will replace Tom Grothe who resigned this past off-season from his head coaching duties and also retired from District 196 after many years of teaching and coaching at Rosemount High School and in the Hawks program.
Coach Kosidowski has been with the Dakota United Hawks Adapted Sports program since 2006. He started his career coaching the Junior Varsity Floor Hockey team, and has since grown into the Head Coaching position for all 3 seasons of CI Soccer, CI Floor Hockey, and PI Softball. Kosidowski is also the Camp Director for the Hawk Summer Sports Camps for students with autism, physical and cognitive disabilities. Along with coaching the Dakota United Hawks, Kosidowski has served as the President of the Minnesota Adapted Coaches Association for the last two years.
In high school, Kosidowski was a two-sport athlete for the Winona Cotter Ramblers in southeastern Minnesota. Kosidowski lettered in Football and Baseball his Junior and Senior years, but was also active in many extra-curricular activities outside of the sports world including, National Honor Society, Student Council, Musicals, Show Choir, Men’s Quartet, and was a 4-time State Ensemble Member earning Superior Rating each year.
In college, Kosidowski attended Winona State and was involved in many different club sports and Physical Education clubs, raising awareness about Special Olympics in the area. Throughout his time at Winona State, he volunteered many hours with Special Olympics and worked with students at the Winona YMCA for four years, organizing summer break and after school games and activities for students in grades K-8.
Kosidowski graduated from Winona State University in 2005, where he earned his Teaching License in Physical Education minoring in Adapted Physical Education and Coaching. In 2010 Kosidowski returned to school for his Masters in Teaching and Learning through St. Mary’s University. Kosidowski earned his second Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Emotional/Behavior Disabilities in 2015. He currently teaches 6th grade Physical Education and Health at Rosemount Middle School, and lives in Farmington with his wife, Erin, and two children Kinsley and Kaden.
Quote from Coach Kosidowski
“I am excited and privileged to become the Head Coach of the Dakota United Adapted Soccer program next fall, and hire the best coaching staff possible to ensure that these student athletes are given the best opportunity to shine in this sport. I look forward to working with the High School Soccer programs in each community within our district to raise awareness of our Adapted Sports programs. We currently host a Community Night during the Floor Hockey season in Rosemount, and would love to expand on that opportunity.”
Quote from Dakota Hawks AD Matt Percival:
“We are beyond thrilled to have Coach Kosidowski expand his leadership in the Dakota Hawks program to include leading the CI Soccer program. His experience, passion and commitment to Adapted Athletics is second to none. We look forward to his continued efforts to provide great opportunities for all involved in the Dakota Hawks CI Soccer Program.”