Christie "Zinanti" Koschke will begin her fifth season as the head softball at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Since coming on to begin the 2013 season, she has gone 106-93 overall, and boasts a 88-57 record in conference play in her four seasons with the Pack.
Koschke was appointed to the head coach position on an interim basis in Fall 2012. She was hired as an assistant coach in Fall 2012 five days before previous head coach, Shane Showalter, resigned the position. Pressed into service, Koschke fluorished, leading the ThunderWolves to an impressive 29-18 season, earning the fifth most wins ever for the Pack softball program, and boasting one All-American (second baseman Alexa Snyder). After a fourth place Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference finish, the ThunderWolves finished sixth in the RMAC Tournament.
Following the successful first season, Koschke was named permanent head coach in July 2013.
In 2014, the Koschke-led ThunderWolves played a 23-11 conference schedule and finished 27-21 overall. The Pack ended the regular season finishing second in the RMAC.
The ThunderWolves were eliminated from the conference tournament following two losses, CSU-Pueblo won its opening round contest.
Following the 2013 campaign, the ThunderWolves had an RMAC-high seven players be named to the All-RMAC teams, including a Freshman of the Year award.
A former standout Division I pitcher at Brigham Young University and the top pitcher on two state championship squads at Pueblo West High School, Koschke boasts perhaps the most glowing softball resume of any Pueblo-native women's softball player and coach.
Koschke enjoyed a stellar collegiate career as a pitcher at BYU from 2007-10, leading the Cougars to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including one trip to the Super Regionals where she battled a powerhouse University of Arizona team. She finished her career with 63 wins, second-most in BYU history, earning a slew of honors in the process, including First Team All-Mountain West Conference, MWC Pitcher of the Year in 2009, and First Team All-Region distinctions.
Those in the Pueblo community, however, are far more familiar with her exploits as a standout pitcher at Pueblo West High School, where she helped lead the Cyclones to back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005.
Prior to CSU-Pueblo, Koschke was most recently the assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands University in 2012, where she helped coach a greatly improved pitching staff that turned in the most wins in program history.