Jeff Kaier enters his second year as an assistant coach for
the UAlbany baseball team in 2013. He works with the positional players along
with practice management, scheduling, and academic support. Kaier also
facilitates summer and winter camps and is the team's first base coach on game
In his first season on staff in 2012, Kaier helped lead the
Great Danes to a No. 2 seed in the America East Championship, as they recorded
the highest total league wins in the program’s Division I history, with a 16-8 record.
Seven earned all-conference honors, highlighted by first-teamers Mike Tirri and
Nolan Gaige, as Gaige finished the season ranked third in the nation for
triples (9). In addition, left-handed pitcher Sean Lucas was chosen in the 25th
round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, marking the highest
draft choice from the UAlbany program since 2002, and the eighth player in
UAlbany history to be selected.
A 2009 graduate from UAlbany, Kaier pitched for the Great
Danes from 2006-09. He was a member of the 2007 America East Baseball
Conference Championship Team, marking the first time that the Great Danes won
the title and went on to compete in the NCAA tournament. In the Fayetteville
Regional, Kaier pitched two scoreless innings of relief against No. 7 Arkansas.
During the 2007 season, Kaier led the America East in pitching appearances (26)
and is third all-time in UAlbany history in pitching appearances in a season.
In 2009, he led the Great Danes, as a captain, to 15 conference wins.
Kaier, a Queensbury, N.Y. native, previously coached with
The Halfmoon Mariners Summer baseball team, an affiliate of the American
Amateur Baseball Congress, serving as the head coach from 2006-11. He led them
to two state championships, including a final four appearance in the North
Atlantic Regional in 2009.
Kaier earned his bachelor's degree in communication with a
double-minor in education and sociology from UAlbany in May 2009 and received
his master's in education administration and policy study in December of 2011.