Goshen High School has a new head baseball coach.
The Goshen school board Monday night approved the hiring of Josh Keister to take over the Redskin program. Keister replaces Hal Farmwald, who resigned recently for personal reasons.
Keister is no stranger to the Goshen baseball program: A 2000 Goshen graduate, he was a three-sport athlete at the school, playing soccer, basketball and baseball. He was the baseball team’s MVP in 2000, and earned all-conference honors in the sport at Goshen College, where he holds five single-season and two career records.
Keister is currently the director of Goshen College’s Recreation and Fitness Center, a post he has held since 2010. He also teaches a learning community class at the college, part of the core curriculum for first-year students at the private college.
From 2005-10, he was the Maple Leafs’ baseball coach.
Keister said he expects to keep his day job and guide the Redskins as a lay coach.
“I’ve always considered myself a part of the Goshen High School family,” Keister said Tuesday afternoon.
Keister said he has already set up a meeting for today with returning letterwinners, and hopes to meet with the entire team soon. Offseason workouts will be set up soon also, Keister said.
Keister said he will tailor his style of baseball to the players he has and their talent level and skills. But he said his main goal is to teach his players to play he game “the right way.”
That, he said, means hustling and playing hard on every play.
Keister's wife, Nina, is a second-grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary.
Keister's Goshen athletic director Larry Kissinger said school officials heard nothing but good things about Keister.
“Josh has a good overall grasp of what it takes to run a successful baseball program,” Kissinger said. “We expect him to hit the ground running.”