Al Sontag enters his first season with the NYIT baseball program in 2016-17.
Prior to coming to NYIT, Sontag was a member of the LIU Brooklyn staff and before that Queens College, where he spent two seasons as the pitching coach. Prior to his time with Knights, Sontag spent four seasons as the pitching coach at Adelphi University.
Sontag brings a wealth of playing experience to the staff, with a pitching career that spanned 20 years. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 1984 draft, Sontag climbed as high as AAA Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League in 1991, where he recorded his first AAA win against Calgary.
He was also selected to the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster in 1987, pitching in spring training games against the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.
From 1998-2002 Sontag competed for Bridgeport in the Independent League, compiling a 13-9 record in 2000 and earning Pitcher of The Year honors, while also acting as pitching coach. Sontag acted as pitching coach for six seasons with Bridgeport, before managing the Macon Peaches of the Southeastern League in 2003.