* After being severely injured in a car accident (broken pelvis, broken right collarbone, lacerated liver, bruised kidney, collapsed long, damaged right ankle and concussion) on April 27, 2011, Dennon Kozoil made the long road back. He hit .389 with two doubles and 44 RBIs in 47 with the Kaskaskia Blue Devils in 2013.
Brock baseball lands top recruit in Koziol
Brock University baseball head coach Jeff Lounsbury is pleased to announce the addition of infielder Dennon Koziol (Hamilton, Ont.) for the 2015-16 season.
“Anytime that you can add a player with Dennon’s history of winning and his desire to compete it’s a good day for the program,” said coach Lounsbury. “His baseball IQ is high, his desire to win will rub off on his teammates and he is humble and realizes how lucky he is to play this game at the collegiate level. I spoke to Dennon a few years ago about coming to Brock, and I am glad that we can help him finish his education now, it will be worth the wait.”
The infielder came back from a serious car crash in 2011.
Q: As a player, what do you think you can bring to the Badgers?
A: I think I can bring a good all-around game and the experience of winning to hopefully keep the winning tradition going here.
Q: As a player who has spent a few years in the states, what do you know about the Brock baseball program and what are your goals on and off the field?
A: I have always heard that if you want to play in Canada that Brock should definitely be near the top of your list. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the program and am excited to be a part of it. My goals on the field are definitely to help this team win another championship no matter how that may be. Off the field I plan on completing my SPMA degree and work towards finding a future in that field.
Q: You have participated in the NJCAA World Series (with the Kaskaskia Blue Devils), how do you think that experience has helped you?
A: I think that has helped me tremendously not only in baseball, but in everyday situations as well. But the experience of winning and being in those tough situations has given me a ton of confidence. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life and made me realize how high of a level I can play at, and what it takes to be consistent.
Q: What kind of player do you consider yourself?
A: I would consider myself kind of a scrappy player, a guy that will give everything I have to win. I take a lot of pride in my defense as well as my bat and I think that is one of the things that has made me so successful.
Q: In speaking with coach Lounsbury how do you feel you will be able to help the team capture back to back championships?
A: Well I know the team went around 30-3 or something close to that this past season, and speaking with him he seems confident, that another title is not out of reach. I think I can help this team in many different ways whether it be defense, driving in runs or getting on base, I’m excited to see what I can do to help.
Q: How do you feel playing wood bat?
A: Honestly I prefer using wood, I think it separates the good hitters from the great ones. Obviously there is a bit more offense using metal bats down in the states but using wood you get to see who actually stands out.
Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
A: I would say my strengths are definitely my range on defense and my ability to read pitches. Depending on the situation I can adapt offensively, if I’m put in the middle of the order I can drive in runs, but if I’m at the top I have no trouble working pitcher’s and getting on base. My weaknesses would probably be my speed and my arm, I broke my arm and my leg a few years ago which caused a position change for me but I’m working everyday to get better at both.
Q: Who is your favorite player?
A: Dustin Pedroia, I try to model my game after him, as he is a smaller guy who plays with a lot of heart and leaves it all on the field, I love watching him play.