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.
In the summer of 2015, Larson served as the pitching coach for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League. Under his direction, the Mallards staff led the league in strikeouts with 580 and finished fourth in team ERA at 3.73, closing the summer with a record of 43-28.
Larson began his coaching career as a pitching coach at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, Va. for two seasons, and then spent a year at the Collegiate School in Richmond. He helped lead both teams to state tournament appearances while lowering the pitching staffs’ ERA from the previous years. At the same time, he worked as a baseball instructor at Rock-It Sports, Richmond Baseball Academy-West, and Colonial Baseball Instruction.
Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Larson graduated from Ferrum College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
While at Ferrum, Larson was a four-year member of the Panther baseball team and helped his squad to USA South conference titles in 2005 and 2007, as well as South Regional appearances in both years. As a senior reliever in 2009, Larson led the pitching staff in ERA. After graduation, Larson went on to play professionally in the Can-Am League and North American League in 2011.