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Mike Sweeney '99
Asst. Coach Mike Sweeney '99

Dan Blednick '98
Asst. Coach Dan Blednick '98

    Pitching Coach Mike Sweeney '99 enters his fourth season on head coach Bill Thurston's staff after graduating from Amherst with a degree in economics in 1999 and inking a minor league contract with the New York Mets. In 2000, he signed with the Elmira Pioneers of the independent Northern League and, in 2001, helped lead the New Jersey Jackals to their first-ever Northern League Championship. Sweeney was a two-sport standout at Amherst, helping quarterback the football team to a pair of Little Three and NESCAC Co-Championships. He also pitched the baseball team to a trio of Little Three Titles, three NCAA postseason berths and an appearance in the 1999 NCAA Regional final. Sweeney finished his collegiate career with a 21-3 pitching record and was a two-time All-New England and All-NESCAC selection. He was recently hired to manage the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Keene Swamp Bats this summer.

Hitting and catching instructor Dan Blednick Ď98 enters his first season as an assistant coach while working toward a masterís degree in sport management at the University of Massachusetts. A four-year starting catcher at Amherst, where he wrote a senior honors thesis and graduated (with distinction) with a degree in geology in 1998, Blednick earned team Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, was an NCAA All-Tournament selection as a junior and captained the team as a senior. He also helped lead the Jeffs to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997. Blednick played four years of professional baseball in Germany, spending two seasons with the Grunwald Jesters and another two as a player/coach for the Regensburg Legionaere. The Long Island, NY, native was a four-time German League All-Star and earned Eurocup MVP honors in 2002. While in Germany, Blednick coached numerous youth teams, volunteered with the Bavarian select team and was involved in a wealth of community service projects and baseball clinics.



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