Nick Davey stepping down as Albany Dutchmen head coach

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Albany Dutchmen head coach Nick Davey got to see his 8-year-old son, Drew, hit his first youth baseball home run recently.

It’s the kind of family moment Davey, 42, doesn’t want to miss as Drew and his 5-year-old son, Ty, get older. That’s why Davey said he decided to step down as head coach at the end of this season.

The Dutchmen of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced Davey’s retirement on Wednesday. He has spent the last 13 seasons leading the summer college team, one of only two head coaches in Albany’s 14-year history.

“It’s been talked about for a few years now,” Davey said. “My boys are getting older. Just didn’t love the fact that the older they get, the more I miss and 13 years here and I think it’s definitely time to start giving back to my two during the summertimes and worrying about what happens under our roof a little bit more. I’ve loved every minute I’ve had coaching this. It’s been a blast. I got to coach some great, great talented players, but now it’s time to start dedicating some of that athletic time during the summer to my two.”

The Dutchmen (20-23) entered Thursday with three regular-season games remaining – Thursday doubleheader at Oneonta and Friday game at Saugerties – and needed to win all of them to qualify for the PGCBL playoffs.

Davey, a Catholic Central graduate, has compiled more than 280 victories with Albany and had 45 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, according to the Dutchmen. Among them are infielder.outfielder Ernie Clement, who now plays for the Cleveland Guardians, La Salle Institute graduate Zach Remillard, now a Triple-A infielder in the White Sox organization and pitcher Luke Murphy, currently in Double-A with the Angels.

Davey has coached the Dutchmen had four different home ballparks – Bleecker Stadium and Bellizzi Field in Albany, Siena College in Loudonville and Dutchmen Field in Guilderland.

His final home game might have been an 8-5 loss on Wednesday to the Amsterdam Mohawks.

“I love Nick,” Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin said. “From a league persepctive, it’s not good when coaches with his reputation and the good job that’s he’s done leave. But I certainly understand why because he wants to spend more time with his two boys.”

Besides coaching the Dutchmen, which is a year-round job trying to compile a roster from various college programs, Davey is going into his 19th year teaching at Albany High School.

Davey has two assistants, Jordan Burnacet and John Saviano. It wasn’t immediately clear if either will succeed him as head coach.

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