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Mueller entering CD Hall of Fame

By Bob Weiner
Monday, October 22, 2012

Success has followed Jon Mueller at every level in baseball.

A great pitcher and hitter at Stillwater High School, Mueller excelled at Ecker College and in the minor leagues before spending the last 13 years as head coach at the University at Albany.

He will be one of 26 people inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Troy Hilton, and the honor is well deserved.

Mueller, at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, certainly had the physical tools to succeed, but he also had the mental and emotional skills that helped him become a winner at every level. He is UAlbany's all-time leader in baseball coaching victories with 245, and he has coached many all-conference players, many of whom have been drafted by the Major Leagues.

Mueller, now 42, was a big home run threat in the minor leagues, and twice led his league in home runs.

He says he is thrilled to be elected into the Capital District Hall of Fame. It's the second such honor he's received. He is also in the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame. His basketball teams at Stillwater were among the best ever for small schools, and he remembers playing at the Glens Falls Civic Center like it was yesterday.

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Speaking of UAlbany, the Great Danes' football team has been ranked by both the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll, moving up from 22nd to 20th, and by the The Sports Network Top 25, at No. 24.

It's the first time since 2006 and only the second time overall that the Great Danes have been ranked in both polls.

UAlbany, 4-0 in the Northeast Conference and 6-1 overall, travels to Sacred Heart on Saturday.

 

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