PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (November 30, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo softball Head Coach Christie Koschke was one of two former Pueblo West High School greats inducted in to the Cyclones Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Pueblo West High School auditorium earlier this fall.
Koschke joins Ruth Taravella, former Principal at PWHS in its second induction class of the Pueblo West High School Hall of Fame.
Koschke, formerly Zinanti, is a 2006 graduate of PWHS. She helped lead the Cyclones to back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005, giving the high school its first ever athletic state championship.
She was named the Colorado State 4A softball MVP and All-Colorado Pitcher of the Year in 2005. Koschke ended her high school career with 61 wins and a .042 earned run average. She earned Colorado Sportswoman of the Year (2004) and Colorado Pitcher of the Year the same year.
Koschke competed in softball, basketball, and golf at Pueblo West. She earned first team all-conference accolades in basketball and was a golf state qualifier for the Cyclones.
She went on to pitch at Brigham Young University, earning two All-Mountain West First-Team honors and was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Year and was an all-region selection in 2009.
Koschke finished her career at BYU with a 63-27 record, placing her third all time in wins in school history. She led the Cougars to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances including a trip to the Super Regionals.
After graduation Koschke served as assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands in 2012. She arrived at CSU-Pueblo in the fall of 2012 as an assistant coach and was appointed to the head coach position on an interm basis shortly after arrival.
She was named permanent head coach in July 2013.
Since taking over the helm, Koschke sits third all-time in CSU-Pueblo history in wins with a 105-93 record overall and 88-57 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games.
In four seasons the ThunderWolves' 105 wins are the third most in the conference behind MSU Denver (129) and Colorado Mesa (128) in that span.
CSU-Pueblo opens the 2017 campaign Feb. 9-11 at the Dixie State Tournament in St. George, Utah. The Pack begins RMAC play Feb. 25 at MSU Denver.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.