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Coach Jon Mueller To Be Inducted Into Capital District Hall Of Fame

University at Albany head coach of baseball Jon Mueller has been selected for induction into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame. Mueller, along with 24 other distinguished players, coaches and umpires, will make up the organization's second class of inductees.

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Jon Mueller

 

Head Coach

Jon Mueller enters his 14th season as the head coach of the University at Albany baseball program in 2013. 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 279 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, including one in each of the past two seasons.

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.

In 2012, Mueller led the Great Danes to a No. 2 seed in the America East Championship, recording the highest total league wins in the program's Division I history, with a 16-8 record. Under his direction, seven earned all-conference honors, highlighted by first-teamers Mike Tirri and Nolan Gaige, as Gaige finished the season ranked third in the nation for triples (9). In addition, left-handed pitcher Sean Lucas was chosen in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, marking the highest draft choice from the UAlbany program since 2002, and the eighth player in UAlbany history to be selected.

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Jeff Kaier

 

Assistant Coach

Jeff Kaier enters his second year as an assistant coach for the UAlbany baseball team in 2013. He works with the positional players along with practice management, scheduling, and academic support. Kaier also facilitates summer and winter camps and is the team's first base coach on game day.
< br> In his first season on staff in 2012, Kaier helped lead the Great Danes to a No. 2 seed in the America East Championship, as they recorded the highest total league wins in the program's Division I history, with a 16-8 record. Seven earned all-conference honors, highlighted by first-teamers Mike Tirri and Nolan Gaige, as Gaige finished the season ranked third in the nation for triples (9). In addition, left-handed pitcher Sean Lucas was chosen in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, marking the highest draft choice from the UAlbany program since 2002, and the eighth player in UAlbany history to be selected.
< br> A 2009 graduate from UAlbany, Kaier pitched for the Great Danes from 2006-09. He was a member of the 2007 America East Baseball Conference Championship Team, marking the first time that the Great Danes won the title and went on to compete in the NCAA tournament. In the Fayetteville Regional, Kaier pitched two scoreless innings of relief against No. 7 Arkansas. During the 2007 season, Kaier led the America East in pitching appearances (26) and is third all-time in UAlbany history in pitching appearances in a season. In 2009, he led the Great Danes, as a captain, to 15 conference wins.

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Drew Pearce

 

Assistant Coach

Drew Pearce begins his fifth season with the UAlbany baseball program in 2013, serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Pearce has been instrumental in the success of UAlbany's most recent Major League Baseball Draft picks - left-handed pitcher Sean Lucas and right-hander Dave Kubiak. Lucas was chosen in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds in 2012, marking the highest draft choice from the program since 2002, and the eighth player in UAlbany history to be selected. A year prior, Kubiak was named the UAlbany Male Athlete of the Year and was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 36th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

During his tenure at UAlbany, the Great Danes set the record for conference wins in a season, recording a 16-8 mark in 2011, while earning a No. 2 seed to the America East Conference tournament. In addition, four pitchers have earned all-conference honors, including Kubiak, a three-time selection.

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