|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
This spring will mark Jack Coons' 32nd year working with the UAlbany softball program. Since his arrival at UAlbany in 1982, Coons has been an integral part of the Great Danes' success while managing the pitching staff. During that period, UAlbany has compiled over 590 wins and has reached post-season play 25 times. In Coons' tenure, the Great Danes pitching staff has recorded 13 no-hitters, the nation's lowest Division III ERA (0.34), and the Division III record for the most strikeouts per seven innings (12.41). Both marks were established in 1995. UAlbany also won the NYSWCAA tournament three times and the ECAC Division II tournament in 1999.
After landing on the America East Conference All-Rookie Team in 2007 and being named a first team all-conference selection as well as an all-region second-team pick in 2008, Leah McIntosh became the fourth different hurler in seven seasons to be named the America East Pitcher of the Year in 2009. McIntosh threw a national-best four perfect games and became the career leader in strikeouts (621). She also led the league in earned run average for the second straight time and went on to compete for the Canadian National Softball Team over the summer.
Recent graduate Casey Halloran finished at the top of several UAlbany career charts under Coons' guidance. She is the career leader in wins (73), complete games (68), innings pitched (650.2), games started (97) and appearances (125). In 2006, Halloran became Coons' third hurler in four years to be named the America East pitcher of the year. She had a record of 27-10 as a junior, a 1.51 ERA and a school-record 252 strikeouts. Halloran also recorded three no-hitters and the school's first perfect game in the program's history. She followed Amanda Morin, who posted a 1.06 ERA with eight shutouts and a 16-3 record on the season, as the conference's pitcher of the year in 2005.
Coons' 2004 staff had two pitchers reach double figures in wins (Andee Lindgren and Halloran) and had a conference-leading ERA of 1.78. Lindgren, the 2004 conference player of the year, combined for 38 victories, 350 strikeouts, 40 complete games and 13 shutouts in two seasons. He also guided Halloran to a 10-game winning streak and an 11-3 overall record.
In 2003, the staff ranked 21st in the nation with a 1.43 ERA, which led the America East. UAlbany also ranked first in the conference in five other categories: wins (34), runs allowed (90), earned runs (61), saves (6) and opposing batting average (.202). During the 2002 season, UAlbany was second in fewest earned runs and shutouts, third in ERA and fewest hits, and fourth in strikeouts.
Coons and his wife, Barbara, reside in Schenectady, N.Y. and have a son, Brian, and a daughter, Jennifer. They have one grandson, Leo (7), and a granddaughter, Maya (4).