Team Manager: Joe Altieri
Team Coach: Eric Biehler
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GM/Head Coach: Joe Altieri (21st season)
Assistant Coaches: Eric Biehler, JJ Pearsall
2015 Finish: 21-3 league / 42-11 overall
The 2012 AABC National Champions and six-time Twilight League champion Albany Athletics will return 15 players from its 2015 team however the A’s will lose League Pitcher of the Year, Kevin Connolly. Numerous rookies and experienced veterans will try to help the team improve upon its 3rd place World Series finish last year. Veteran and former League MVP Dan Barbero will return to lead the offense while 2014 league batting champion Cameron Overbaugh, All Star Ryan Henchey, and starters Ben Paniccia, Craig Mastroianni, Chris Salamida and Alex Chandler return to the 2016 team as well.
The pitching staff will be anchored by returning Twilight All-Stars JJ Pearsall, Ryan Harper, and Zach Breen along with Regional MVP outfielder/pitcher Salamida. New impact pitchers this year include Siena’s Bryan Goossens and Ed Lewicki.
Offensively the A’s will add 2015 League MVP Nate Novak in addition to St. Bonaventure outfielder Eric Downey and catcher/outfielder Alex Jurcynski.
Last year, the A’s won their 4th AABC North Atlantic Regional Championship and advanced to the AABC World Series where Albany finished 3rd in the national tournament. Along with 42 wins overall and 21 in the league, the Athletics won the Twilight League regular season and reached the Twilight Finals for the 10th consecutive year. It was the 7th time in the last nine years the Athletics have logged at least 20 league wins which has helped them compile more regular season wins than any ATL team.
GM/Head Coach Joe Altieri enters his 21st season, 19th in the Twilight League, and is assisted by Eric Biehler and JJ Pearsall who aim to lead the program to its 7th League title and 5th trip to the World Series.