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.
April 11, 2005
Clear Skies, New Pearls, Tabula
As we fought
through our mid-week contest at Fairfield, the excitement for the upcoming home
opener was obvious. We battled back and forth and left town with a close
There was a
conference giant looming in the distance, and we had to come out with a lot of
Saturday was 60
degrees, and we were feeling positive about being at home in the pound.
The first game was
a classic pitching duel, and neither starter would budge. Maine got a few hits
when it counted and we left 14 on base during a 5-2 loss. The second game was
more of the same with two pitchers leaving it all on the bump. We left the bases
juiced as the game ended in a one-run loss, 3-2.
30-minute cruise home, I wondered how we were going to get it going after such a
long, hard-fought battle.
Sunday, we had a
good team breakfast and headed to the yard to prepare it for the finale. It is
amazing how well 32 people can work together when they know their
responsibilities. Full credit goes to my staff, especially Mark, who seems adept
at getting anything accomplished with a full plate.
The Danes put
together two late rallies, and our senior closer notched his fifth save to end
an 8-5 W.
It was fulfilling
to see the 16 newcomers experience a conference win. The coaches got together
and grumbled a bit about the many mistakes we made as a unit, and then looked
back at Saturday and felt as if we could have won one of those.
Time goes on, and
we decided to look forward to next weekend with the Huskies of Northeastern.
eliminated our club last year in the conference tourney, and Kosty (Black Bears
coach Paul Kostacopoulos), and I had exchanged a competitive barrage during the
game. It was relieving to see him and tell him how competition can bring out the
best and worst of all of us. He told me he thought we were out of the same mold,
and that nothing really pierced his skin.
The coaches in our
conference have all been at it longer than me, and it is important to respect
those who have paved the road for the rest of us.
It's a Great Day to be Alive (3/31/05)
Beginning to See the Grass (3/17/05)
Opening Day is Here (3/8/05)
For Those About to Rock, We Salute You (2/18/05)
The Waiting is the Hardest Part (2/9/05)
(photo courtesy of Albany Media Relations Office)