ORCS hires Bosch as new basketball head coach

Let the Brody Bosch era begin.

Our Redeemer’s Christian School was a force to be reckoned with last season, posting a 13-4 record and claiming third place in the Region 6 tournament.

But things took a turn in the offseason as Knights head coach Mark LaCroix announced his departure from the program after just one year, accepting the head coaching gig for the Dakota College at Bottineau men’s baseball team. With the head coaching position open, ORCS needed to find somebody new.

Insert Bosch, a young, player-loved coach eager to launch his head coaching career. The former Bishop Ryan assistant coach was announced as the new top guy for the Knights on Friday, making him the third head coach for ORCS in the past three seasons.

“When we were looking at our applicants, one thing we wanted to focus on was finding someone who genuinely wanted to be here and help kids,” ORCS Athletic Director Jake Stach said. “We think we got the best guy available and expect to achieve a lot a success with him running our program.”

Bosch knows the local landscape well, playing basketball for Bishop Ryan in his high school days. He didn’t move far after graduating in 2014 – just a couple of seats over on the bench – becoming an assistant head coach for the Lions.

It’s there that Bosch learned the ropes under former head coach Brock Teets. The seasoned coach led the Lions to a state tournament appearance in 2017 before stepping down that offseason due to an increase in workload at his company, Integrity Viking Funds.

Now a head coach himself for the first time, Bosch hopes to take what he learned from his days at Bishop Ryan and translate it into success with the Knights.

“(That experience) was huge,” Bosch said. “Bishop Ryan always had a winning tradition, so growing up around that as a player and a coach has helped me learn so much. (ORCS) is on the uprising. They have a nice family environment, and I think I’ll fit right into it.”

Bosch has his work cut out for him this season, though, as the Knights saw the departure of seven seniors this past spring. But Bosch doesn’t see the roster shakeup as a negative. Instead, he sees it as a chance to mold his young players both on and off the court.

“After losing so many players, we’re going to be looking for leaders,” Bosch said. “We’re going to have to figure out roles, but I’m excited to get to know these kids and build relationships with them like how I did at Bishop Ryan.”

Despite the change of faces, expectations haven’t been lowered for a Knight program that hasn’t had a losing season since 2012. It’ll be up to Bosch and his group to keep that winning mentality alive.

“I want to keep that tradition going and show these kids the right way to play basketball,” Bosch said. “We’re definitely looking for that winning season, and the state tournament is the ultimate goal.”

Justin Martinez covers Minot High School and

Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JTheSportsDude.