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Head Coach Donald "Bucky" BurgauPhone: 218-299-3209
Bucky Burgau is entering his 27th season as head coach of the Concordia baseball team. He is the all-time winningest coach in the history of Concordia athletics. Burgau has amassed 506 career wins as head coach for the Cobbers. He has also posted 313 wins in the MIAC, making him the winningest coach to ever coach in the conference.
Burgau's teams have recorded at least 15 wins in 23 of the 25 seasons they have played, and have posted 20 wins in 10 different seasons. Burgau's best season came in 1995 when the team went 30-8 and won the MIAC championship. In that season, the Cobbers advanced to the NCAA playoffs and finished second in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
During his first 25 years at the helm of the Cobbers he has coached five MIAC Most Valuable Player award winners, six All-Americans, 24 All-Region players and 61 MIAC All-Conference honorees. Several of Burgau's former players have gone on to play professional baseball.
Burgau came to Concordia in 1977 as the Equipment Manager and Assistant Baseball Coach. He became Head Baseball Coach at Concordia in 1979. Since then, Cobber teams have been consistent contenders for the MIAC crown. The Cobbers won MIAC titles in 1985, 1993 and 1995 and have finished in the league's upper division in 19 of his 25 seasons at Concordia. His teams are 313-180 in MIAC competition. His Cobber coaching record through 2003 is 506-370-6.
Bucky grew up in Perham, Minnesota, where he learned to love the game. In 1966 his team won the state amateur title. After graduating from high school, Bucky played two years at Fergus Falls community College before enrolling at NDSU. He played under NDSU coach Arlo Brunsberg, a Concordia graduate and member of the Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation, Bucky took his first coaching job with the Perham American Legion. In 1973, he became head coach of the Moorhead American Legion Blues, where he completed 27 years, compiling a 883-396 record. In 1988, his Legion team won the state title, the Central Plains Regional title, and finished fourth in the World Series Championship.
Bucky and his wife, Penny, live in Moorhead. They have two daughters; Jennifer and Rachel.
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1st Victory - 1979
50th Victory - April 5, 1982 - NDSU
100th Victory - April 7, 1984 - UND
150th Victory - 2nd Win of the 1987 Season
200th Victory - May 14, 1989 - St. Thomas
250th Victory - April 6, 1992 - Valley City St.
300th Victory - April 23, 1994 - Gustavus
350th Victory - April 24, 1996 - Macalester
400th victory - April 7, 1999 - Gustavus
450th victory - April 14, 2002 - St. Mary's
500th victory - April 21, 2004 - Carleton
1st Victory - 1979
50th Victory - April 20, 1983 - Macalester
100th Victory - Last MIAC Win - 1987
150th Victory - April 14, 1992 - St. Mary's
200th Victory - April 24, 1995 - Bethel
250th Victory - April 1, 2000 - Carleton
300th Victory - April 7, 2004 - Hamline