Baseball Welcomes Two New Assistant Coaches
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball program and head coach Jon Mueller have added two new assistant coaches to the staff for the 2017-18 season. Joining the team this year is volunteer assistant Brian Booth and pitching coach Paul Panik.
“We’re excited to add both Brian and Paul to our staff,” said Mueller. “Brian brings a wealth of experience at a lot of different levels in terms of catching and working with offense, which is what he will primarily be responsible for. 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.”
Booth joins the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Most recently he served as the catching and hitting coach at Swarthmore College. Previously, Booth spent three years as the top assistant at West Chester East High School, helping the Vikings reach the playoffs in each of his three years, including earning a state tournament berth in 2015.
“Brian has done a great job with our catchers this fall and helped Coach Kaier with base running and we’ve also talked about hitting,” said Mueller. “It’s always nice to get a different perspective. The next natural step for Brian is to get in to a Division I program and we’re excited to have him.”
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.