Baseball Announces 2017 Schedule
The University at Albany baseball team has announced its competition schedule for the 2017 spring season. The schedule consists of 55 games spread over 42 competition dates, including two early-season tournaments, 13 double-headers, and 19 home matches. Continued.....
on Mueller enters his 18th season as the head coach of the University at Albany baseball program in 2017. The Stillwater, N.Y. native has had proven success as both a player and coach throughout his career. Mueller ranks first among UAlbany’s career leaders with 351 coaching victories, and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2004. He also led the Danes to the program’s first America East Conference tournament championship title and NCAA appearance in 2007. Mueller has produced dozens of all-conference standouts and has had six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under his direction.
Not only is Mueller well respected in the UAlbany campus community, but also throughout the region, as he was inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame in the fall of 2012, as well as the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame and Stillwater High School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008.
Under Mueller’s guidance, the program returned to the America East tournament during the 2016 season, thanks in part to a nine-win improvement of the team’s 2015 record.
Jeff Kaier enters his fourth year as an assistant coach for the UAlbany baseball team in 2015. He works with position players along with practice management, scheduling, and academic support. Kaier also facilitates summer and winter camps, manages summer ball placement, and is the team’s third base coach on game day.
Kaier played a key role in putting together UAlbany’s 2013-14 incoming class that was recognized as the top recruiting class in the Northeast Region by Baseball America. Right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods highlighted the group, opting to attend UAlbany after the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Under Kaier’s surveillance, the Great Danes featured two all-conference selections in the 2014 season, as infielder Brian Bullard earned first-team honors and Evan Harasta was named to the second team, as well as the all-academic team.
Peter Larson enters his first season as the baseball program’s pitching coach for the 2017 season. Larson is in charge of the pitching staff, and assists in recruiting and day-to-day operations.
Larson came to UAlbany after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Siena College, helping the Saints to a second place regular season finish with a 16-8 record and a runner-up finish in the MAAC conference tournament. Under Larson’s watch, Siena had a pitcher earn second-team All-MAAC honors, a MAAC Rookie of the Week pitcher, and two hurlers named to the All-MAAC Tournament Team.
Prior to Siena, Larson was an assistant on the King University (Tenn.) baseball staff. He contributed in all aspects of the program, primarily working with outfielders, high school recruiting and serving as base coach during games. The Tornado finished third in the Conference Carolinas in 2015 (16-10) and posted an overall record of 24-26.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Xander Uxley will begin his first season as an assistant coach for the UAlbany baseball program in 2017. He will be the Danes’ catching coach along with assisting in the development of the hitters.
Uxley comes to UAlbany after serving a short stint in the fall of 2016 as the hitting coach for Utica College.
From 2014 through 2016, Uxley spent time as the recruiting coordinator at Defiance College. His main responsibilities included on and off campus recruiting, as well as being the team’s hitting and position player’s coach. Over those two years, Uxley oversaw 11 players who received All-HCAC honors along with helping the program break single-season records for hits, RBI’s and triples. In addition, the team achieved over a .300 batting average for the first time since 2001. The program was also able to earn and maintain above a 3.0 GPA during those two years.