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Koch is new boys track coach at HHS

New Hastings boys track coach Jason Koch should have plenty of credibility with members of his team.

The Hastings High School biology and chemistry teacher is just a few years removed from a very successful collegiate track and football career at St. Cloud State University. Koch owns a school record at SCSU and was a decathlete.

Koch spent last season as an assistant to Joe Haas. When Haas accepted the position of athletics director at Delano, Koch went for the Hastings job and landed it.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," he said. "I've always wanted to be a head track coach. I feel like like I'm knowledgeable in all of the events. I didn't want to be limited to one thing, like an events coach. I wanted to be involved in each event."

Koch owns the St. Cloud record in the javelin with a throw of 206 feet, 11 inches. It was set in April 2004 at the Drake Relays.

He was first a defensive back, then a wide receiver on the football team at SCSU.

Following graduation, he earned his masters in biology at SCSU. While he was earning that, he coached football at Sauk Rapids High School and coached track at SCSU.

"He's a great young teacher," HHS athletics director Tom Johnson said. "He does a great job in the classroom."

Koch (pronounced Cook) is also an assistant football coach and the freshman girls basketball coach.

"We keep him pretty busy around here," Johnson said.