Monday, October 22, 2012

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

ALBANY, N.Y. -- 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. The induction ceremony is set for October 28th at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, N.Y.

Mueller, who enters his 13th season as UAlbany's head coach this year, was already inducted into the Capital District's Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Stillwater High School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008.

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. 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.

Mueller played professionally in the minor leagues from 1994-2000 in the Northeast and Northern Leagues with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, Adirondack Lumberjacks and Marshall (Minn.) Mallards. A 6-foot-5, 245-pound infielder and designated hitter, Mueller accrued a career .286 batting average with 74 home runs and 318 RBI in seven professional seasons. He led the Northeastern League in homers in 1996 and 1997 with 18 and 20, respectively. In 1999, he helped his team go 20-8 down the stretch to qualify for Northern League playoffs and earned Most Valuable Player honors in the league's championship series. Mueller was also a member of the Albany-Colonie squad that won the 1997 Northeast League Championship and was selected MVP of the 2000 Northern League All-Star Game.

A constant influence in the Capital Region, Mueller also coached at the College of Saint Rose in 1993-94 and was a teacher with Mechanicville City Schools, Saratoga BOCES and the Duanesburg School District. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Eckerd College (Fla.) in 1992 and has a master's degree in secondary education from Saint Rose. Mueller and his wife, Patricia, reside in the Capital Region with their daughter, Marley, and son, Jaxon.

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