Baseball Welcomes New Assistant Coach
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball program and head coach Jon Mueller have added a new assistant coach to the staff for the 2017-18 season. Joining the team this year is pitching coach Paul Panik.
“We’re excited to add Paul to our staff,” said Mueller. “Paul is going to bring a tremendous amount of recruiting knowledge with him. He’s well-known and well-respected throughout the recruiting world. We’re really excited about that and he’s going to step right in as pitching coach.”
Panik will join the coaching staff as a pitching coach. He arrives at UAlbany after one season coaching at Iona, where he helped the Gaels reach the MAAC Championship in the team’s first tournament appearance since 2000. Before succumbing to Marist in the title game, the Gaels won 25 games during the season, up from 11 in 2016.
“I’ve gotten to know Paul a little bit over the last few years,” said Mueller. “He’s a tremendous recruiter, he has a tremendous work ethic, he’s very knowledgeable, and he loves college baseball. Coach Larson did a great job last year, and I think Paul is going to build on that foundation set while building his own identity in the staff.”
Last season the Great Danes went 26-26, including 15-6 over the final 21 games of the season, and were one win away from the America East championship round after winning their first two games in the America East tournament.