Player Spotlight: Cole Kosco

April 29, 2021
  • Cole Kosco is a freshman outfielder at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He attended Ohio’s Polman Seminary High School where he was a highly ranked quarterback. Eventually, he committed to the University of Cincinnati to play football, but left after his first season to pursue a career in baseball. 
  • Question: When did you first start playing baseball?
  • Answer: I first started playing when I was five. I grew up in a baseball family, my grandpa (Andy Kosco) and dad (Dru Kosco) both played professionally. I’ve alway looked up to them and I wanted to follow in their footsteps. My dream of being a professional has always driven me.
  • Q: You were originally committed to play quarterback for the University of Cincinnati. Can you explain your decision to transfer to Keiser University to play baseball?
  • A: During my freshman year of high school, I played quarterback for the football team. As I started to get recruited by bigger schools my focus turned towards football instead of baseball. Once I committed to Cincinnati and got on campus, I realized I still had a passion for baseball. So I talked with my parents and decided I wanted to get back into the sport.
  • Q:Are there any skills that easily transfer from football to baseball?
  • A: Because I was a quarterback in the past, my throwing ability definitely translates between the two sports. But even more so, the mentality and training. I don’t really need to change my training from football to baseball.
  • Q: When it comes to baseball, who is your rolemodel?
  • A: My grandpa because I feel like I can relate to him and his career. The other day, I wasn’t comfortable during an at-bat so I called him after. He helped me fix my approach and the next day I felt more confident. Being able to look up to someone like that and talk to him has been very helpful.
  • Q: If you could be drafted to any major league team, which would it be?
  • A: Definitely the Yankees because of their tradition. It would be such a privilege to play for them and wear the pinstripes.
  • Q: Whoare your biggest influences outside of baseball?
  • A: I would say my parents. My dad started a small business when he finished playing baseball so he has shown me that I can accomplish a lot and still be successful outside of the sport.
  • Q: Before a game, what type of music do you like to listen to?
  • A: I’ve always listened to rap growing up, but halfway through high school I started to listen to country music. I realized that I wanted to be more level-headed before games and country music is much more relaxing to me.
  • Q: What are some of your favorite local restaurants to eat at in South Florida?
  • A: Actually, the first place I went to when I got here was Taco Chula, I fell in love with it. Saitos and of course Publix subs are awesome too. The food is great here.
  • Q: What are you most excited for in regards to the upcoming CLPB summer?
  • A: I’m excited to play with some of my teammates and roommates from Keiser University. But mainly I’m excited to stay in Palm Beach Gardens for the summer and continue playing baseball