Jon Mueller is entering his sixth
season as head coach of the Great Danes. A year ago, Albany posted a
program-best record of 37-14, including 14-7 in the America East Conference.
Mueller, the 2004 America East Coach of the Year, will be checking in each week
of the 2005 season.
Feb. 18, 2005
For Those About to Rock, We
“For those about to rock, we salute you…”
I couldn’t think of a better song for the 200-plus programs in action this
weekend. Countless phone calls, endless miles on the road and strokes of good
luck have already given some clubs a better recipe for success than others.
Two-day clinics, 50/50 raffles and pancake breakfasts have given way to the
opening of the 2005 spring season.
This is the time of year when all college baseball programs are rewarded for
their patience. Our staff looks forward to our team meals, when we can be more
personal with our guys. I strongly believe in storytelling as a way to teach our
When a player lays out and makes a big play, I may give him “Looked a little
like Bo there.” (Not Bo Jackson – Bo Durkac, the assistant at UNC Charlotte.) It
helps to remind me how fortunate I have been.
Bo was a dynamic third baseman who played with me on a championship team in
pro ball. This time of year I think of the South and the great people I have met
along the way. Another guy on that team, Chris Sinacori, is now the pitching
coach at Wake Forest. I guess none of us got rich in the minors, but the mind
never forgets the classic times spent together.
I like to bust on our pitching coach, Mark Lavenia, for the bleeder he gave
up to P.J. Rose back in ’98, which may have cost us another title. He reminds me
of the slow-footed left-fielder nowhere in sight. (That would be me.)
It’s the greatest time of year for all of the baseball community. At the same
time, I feel it is appropriate to not lose sight of what is going on in the real
We don’t risk our lives for our profession, we shape them. We have endless
issues. Who will be starting on the weekend? Who will get playing time? Who
wants more money? Most importantly, what is my job security like? They can
consume you if you let them.
During the Super Bowl, one commercial really stuck with me. It was the one
the military personnel were walking through the airport. When they walked
the civilians gave them a standing “O.” “Thank you” then appeared. It made me
think of how good I have it, and how proud I am to live in this great country. I
have a great family, a great staff and a great team, which I would bleed for.
Good luck to all of the team competing, and most importantly to our troops.
“For those about to rock, we salute you…” – AC/DC
The Waiting is the Hardest Part (2/9/05)
(photo courtesy of Albany Media Relations Office)