Pitching coach Damian Stambersky is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Mules in 2016.
During his first season in Warrensburg, the Mules were second in the MIAA in ERA with a staff earned run average of 4.26. The group was also second in the conference in strikeouts with 367. One of his pitchers ranked in the top 50 in NCAA Division II in saves and four pitchers earned All-Conference honors with Carlos D’Armas earning third team accolades.
Stambersky came to UCM in 2015 after spending the previous 11 seasons at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Stambersky was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the past 11 seasons for the Blue Devils, while also serving as an adjunct instructor in the social sciences department from August 2007 through this past year.
During his time at KCKCC, nine players went on to play NCAA Division I baseball and four players went on to play professionally.
Before Kansas City Kansas CC, Stambersky spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, helping them to a school record 33 wins in 2000. The Trojans compiled 108 wins during his four years with the program. He also spent one season as the head coach of the Kenai Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Summer Baseball League.
Stambersky started his college career at KCKCC. A designated hitter his freshman year, he caught all but 14 innings as a sophomore and earned First Team All-Jayhawk Conference honors. He then moved on to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where he was a two-year starter and a team captain behind the plate. He earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a senior.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from UALR in 2000 and a master’s degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2007.
He and his wife Valerie have a son Taylor, and a daughter, Tyler Rose.
Alex Backhaus is in his first year with the Mules Baseball after spending the last two years at Lindenwood University.
He helped coached honorable mention All-American Nathan Prindle, as well as first-team All-MIAA Wes Degener and three other honorable mention All-MIAA hitters. Lindenwood had its top baseball season in school history in 2017. The Lions finished the regular season by winning 15 of 17 games, and they finished third in the conference regular season standings. Lindenwood then won the MIAA Tournament, and the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championship. The Lions finished fifth at the NCAA Division II World Series.
Prior to coming to Lindenwood, Backhaus was an assistant coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he assisted with catchers, hitters, and runners. He helped the team win 33 games and advance to the Region VI Sub-Regional.
Backhaus spent two seasons prior to that as a graduate assistant coach at Ottawa University. Among the players he coached was Aaron Marshall, a first-team All-KCAC and honorable mention NAIA All-American.
Backhaus played baseball at William Jewell College. The Cardinals participated in the NAIA Regional Tournament his first three seasons before the program entered its transition season to the NCAA Division II level in his senior year. Backhaus was also a recipient of the R.E. “Dad” Bowles Scholarship Award. The scholarship is given to the male athlete that exemplifies outstanding qualities of sportsmanship, perseverance, and dedication to a sport
Backhaus graduated from William Jewell in 2012 with a degree in Physical Education, and earned his master’s in Education Intervention from Ottawa in 2014. Alex and his wife Jaimie were married in 2015 and they have a dog named Elphie.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Billy Maloney is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Mules after a three-year playing career at UCM. He will serve as the Mules' Director of Baseball Operations.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Ricky Rivera is in his first season as a student assistant with the Mules, following a two-year playing career for Central Missouri. He will work with the UCM pitchers.
He was a two-time All-MIAA honoree while playing in the red and black, earning Honorable Mention All-Conference honors in both 2014 and 2015.
He went 12-3 during his two seasons with UCM with a 3.90 earned run average. He struck out 73 batters in 124.2 innings pitched. He made 24 appearances during his career, including 22 starts.
As a junior, he went 6-1 with a 3.79 ERA and held opponents to a .245 batting average while striking out 40 in 61.2 innings over 11 starts.
During his senior season, the righthander was 6-2 with a 4.00 earned run average in 13 appearances, including 11 starts. He struck out 33 batters and held opponents to a sub-.300 batting average.
The Dorado, Puerto Rico native is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Communication and Digital Media Production.