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a resident of Port
Charlotte, FL, is the owner and head instructor of the Gulf Coast Baseball
Academy. Prior to opening the GCBA, Coslor experienced his love of the
game of baseball on virtually every level... as a player, assistant coach,
head coach, and umpire. In additional to his involvment in the GCBA, Cord
is also an owner of Celebrity Direct Entertainment, an international entertainment
management company and booking agency.
As a player,
Coslor was a successful catcher on many different levels. He has also played
middle infield, outfield, and took the mound on occassion. As a high school
prospect from Minden, Nebraska, he was recruited by over 100 college baseball
programs, and was invited to attend several professional free-agent tryout
camps, most notably by the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. He gives
credit to many of his coaches during his high school years for fundamental
coaching, teaching him the mental aspects of the game, and for instilling
work ethic in him... values that shine through as he coaches others at
the GCBA. He notes that his private winter workout partner and coach was
former major league infielder and Div. I college coach Jeff Richardson.
Coslor says, "I know the value of what one-on-one baseball instruction
can do -- first hand! This is why I started the academy. Ever since my
workouts with Jeff, I've wanted to pass along this same quality instruction
Also a heavily
recruited football player out of high school (was 3rd in the state of Nebraska
in tackles - all classes), Coslor finally chose to attend NAIA Sterling
College in Kansas where he would excel in both sports. As a freshman, Coslor
led the Warriors as their starting catcher - and was the only player to
hit a homerun out of SC's home stadium. His best game came versus Hesston
College his sophomore year, hitting 2 singles, a double, and a triple...
and throwing out two runners from behind the plate. That same season, Coslor
only struck out 2 times... leading the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
in fewest K's by a regular player. Coslor, known for his defensive prowess,
also led all regular collegiate catchers with fewest passed balls during
the 1995 and 1996 seasons. His pitching coach while at Sterling College
was 1982 Cy Young Award Winner, John Denny. He credits Denny with teaching
him the mental aspects of a pitcher/catcher battery, and the finer points
of being a physical catcher. During the summers, Cord also coached and
umpired Little League and American Legion baseball, and was a catcher and
outfielder for the Hastings Roadrunners.
In 1997, Cord
transfered to Peru (Nebraska) State College, where his younger brother
was on the pitching staff, and completed his collegiate playing career
there. He would graduate from Peru State in Dec. of 1999 with a degree
in Sports Management / Marketing.
After graduating, Coslor was a physical education instructor at Peru State
College. He then turned another page in his baseball career after the major
leagues never came to fruition. Previously gaining valuable experience
as both an assistant and head baseball coach for Minden's Legion program,
as well as as a high school baseball umpire during his summers away from
playing collegiately, he decided that was the path he wanted to continue.
Since his playing days, Coslor has continued coaching and umpiring Little
League, High School, Collegiate and Professionall baseball. As a member
of the SE Nebraska Umpire's Association, he was invited to umpire two Continental
Amateur Baseball Association World-Series held in Iowa. He also has been
a member of the Charlotte County (FL) Officials Association and Florida
Baseball Umpires since relocating to Florida.
Coslor has umpired professionally in the South Coast League, Florida State
League, and the Gulf Coast League. He served in the front office of the
South Coast League's Charlotte County Redfish, and is currently a coach
and operations advisor for the Cambodian National Baseball Team.
who says we don't all strike out? By the look on my face, I just got 'sat
down' during a game in Venezuela.
at the plate. I wonder if I got the tag down?
for the pitch while in Venezuela. Maybe this one was a homerun?