UTICA, N.Y. - Utica College Athletic Director Jim Spartano Friday named Andrew Weimer head baseball coach. Weimer, a New Hartford native, joins the Utica baseball staff as head coach after spending the last six years as a professional baseball player.
“Utica College is excited to welcome Andy into our family, and we believe he is the great fit to guide our program into the future,” says UC Athletic Director Jim Spartano. “His success within professional baseball speaks for itself, and his ties throughout the Mohawk Valley will surely help for a smooth transition to Utica College.”
As a team the Pioneers wrapped up their 2009 campaign with a 5-27 overall record, including a 2-14 mark in Empire 8 Conference play. Six players were named to the 2009 all-conference team for their accomplishments on the field. Sophomore classmates Jon Meyer and Justin Engelhardt, along with senior Kelvin Cabrera earned second team status, while junior Russ Haentges and sophomores Chris Hine and Adam Bittel were named to the honorable mention list.
"I am excited for the opportunity to utilize my playing and coaching experience to help baseball program continue to grow here at Utica College,” says Weimer, who played three seasons of varsity baseball at New Hartford High School. “I look forward to joining the Utica College family - especially because it is right here in my home community."
Since June of 2003 Weimer has spent time with five different professional organizations, including the Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor league system as well as the Cincinnati Reds farm team. The 6-foot-2 right handed reliever was drafted in 2003 out of Le Moyne College in the 15th round (428th overall selection) of the Major League Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. After two seasons in the New York – Penn League, the sidearm pitcher signed with the New Haven County Cutters of the Can-Am League for the ’05 season. In 2006 he played just two games for the Dayton Dragons (Single A, Cincinnati Reds) of the Midwest League before returning to New Haven for the remainder of the next two seasons.
The Bridgeport Bluefish of the ALBS (Atlantic League Professional Baseball) signed Weimer after he began the 2008 season with the Nashua Pride of the Can-Am League. In his 20 appearances in 2008 he went 5-2 with a 4.91 ERA. His 2008 ERA for the Bluefish was just above four at 4.05, while opposing hitters batted .276 against him. In 2009 he has played in 11 games and posted a team best 1.29 ERA in 14.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 14 hits and just two earned runs en route to a 1-0 record on the mound.
At Division I Le Moyne College Weimer finished his career 20-7 with a 2.13 ERA with 22 saves in 85 career appearances. He went 7-1 with a 0.74 ERA and seven saves as a senior while the Dolphins won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Weimer earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology/criminology at Le Moyne in May of 2003 while posting a 3.4 grade point average. He earned Northeast District All-Academic team honors, MAAC All-Academic Team status and was also on the dean’s list.
"My wife, Laura, and I are dedicated to the Utica area so my commitment is long-term,” says Weimer. “It is my mission to recruit talented and well-rounded young athletes, both from this area and across the northeast."
The 1999 graduate New Hartford High School was also an assistant coach at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) from 2004-2009 and he has been an instructor at the Field of Dreams athletic facility since 2003. Prior to accepting the position at UC he also a held his own holiday pitching clinic at MVCC, he was a substitute teacher, a sales representative and a supportive case manager at the Neighborhood Center, Inc. in Utica.
"I understand that the rebuilding will not take place overnight; however, I will certainly implement my strong work ethic and passion for the game of baseball into each and every athlete who plays for Utica College," says Weimer. "I will also strive to find and maximize local talent because this area is full of athletes with potential to play the game at a very competitive level."
Weimer currently resides in Utica with his wife Laura.