Updated Jan. 25, 2010
SIU alum Mark "Skip" Cosgrove begins his 21st season as a member of the Saluki coaching staff and has coached some of the best athletes and teams in Southern Illinois history.
Cosgrove has also been a part of the Saluki staff that earned four straight MVC Staff of the Year awards (2002-05).
Cosgrove has served as an assistant coach for SIU's regular-season Gateway (1991) and Missouri Valley Conference (2004 & 2005) championships, a Gateway Tournament title (1991) and all six of the Salukis' NCAA Tournament teams (1991, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007).
During the previous 20 years, Cosgrove has watched the Salukis build a 708-337-2 record with a .678 winning percentage.
Heading into his 21st season with the Salukis, Cosgrove has previously worked with the outfielders, and is now primarily responsible for working with the team's short game.
A career high light during Cosgrove's tenure was in 2007 when the three starting outfielders committed only four errors with 175 put outs and seven assists for a .962 fielding percentage.
From the 2007 outfield, Tiffanie Dismore and Krystal Stein earned post-season honors. Dismore was named Second-Team All-MVC, and named to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Team and CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V. Stein was also named to the All-MVC Scholar Athlete Team.
Cosgrove recently retired after 29 years of service at SIU's Plant and Service Operations, where he coordinated the university's ADA compliance projects.
Cosgrove holds two degrees from Southern Illinois, earning a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences in 1974 and his master's in outdoor recreation in 1986.
A Peru, Ill., native, Cosgrove has been involved with youth sports for more than 30 years, coaching softball at various levels. In 1991, he guided his 16-and-under ASA team to a seventh-place finish at the state tournament.
The next year, his 18-and-under squad placed fourth in state competition, and qualified for the Midwest Regionals.
Cosgrove and his wife, Patty, who works at SIU, have two children.