Bosch reaches 600 win mark
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mike Bosch, who made stops as head softball coach at Jackson High School and Iowa Lakes Community College, recently won his 600th career game.
Bosch, who is in his third season as coach at Syracuse University, reached the milestone when the Orange defeated Canisius 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday.
“It means I’m old,” Bosch said of the milestone. “But, it really means that I’ve had a lot of good players. I’ve never won a game personally myself on the field, so I’ve just been able to coach a lot of really good people that fortunately have done well for us. Hopefully, I have a few more left in me, but 600 is a nice milestone.”
He coached high school softball for four seasons, leading Wabasso to state tournament appearances in each of his two seasons there, finishing fifth in 1991. The Rabbits had a 39-10 record in those seasons and he was Region 3A Coach of the Year both years.
Bosch then coached Jackson High School for two seasons, compiling a 29-9 record.
The 1993 Blue Jays placed fourth in the state tournament and Bosch received his third Region 3A Coach of the Year award in as many seasons.
Bosch was head coach at Iowa Lakes Community College from 1997-2010.
The Lakers had a record of 525-236-2 and won Region XI championships in 2008 and 2010 and finished second in 2009. ILCC was fifth in the national tournament in 2008 and third in 2010.
Bosch's teams had 28 all-Americans and 81 all-region selections in that time. The Iowa Lakes staff earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Midwest Coaching Staff of the Year in 2006 and 2010.
He joined the Syracuse staff as pitching coach in 2011. In that first year, the Orange won the Big East Conference title and set program single-season records for wins, strikeouts, shutouts, opponent batting average and earned-run average. Syracuse advanced to the NCAA tournament and the Orange coaching staff was named the NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
The Orange returned to the NCAA tournament in 2012.
Bosch was the National Softball Director for Frozen Ropes Inc. in Chester, N.Y. from 2012-13 before returning to Syracuse in 2014.
In the 2015 season at Syracuse, Bosch was primarily responsible for recruiting and serving as the pitching coach. He was also integral in the handling of day-to-day operations, while working with infield, outfield and hitting.
In his first campaign as head coach in 2016, the Orange had a 27-26 record.
In 2017, Bosch led the Orange to its sixth 30-win season, closing out the year 31-19.
This year, Syracuse is 18-17 overall after losing twice at Notre Dame Sunday.