The Mavs will look to build on a 2015 campaign that saw the team finish 24-32, including three victories over ranked teams.
Kuhnel was named the top prospect from the Jayhawk League by Baseball America and Perfect Game.
UTA has 10 players playing summer baseball with five different teams in four different leagues.
UTA took down Texas in extra innings at Globe Life Park in front of a UTA record 4,123 fans.
The Maverick softball and baseball programs each saw the addition of new facilities during the 2015 season.
Darin Thomas has taken the UT Arlington baseball program to new heights since taking over as head coach in 2008 after serving seven years as an assistant. The program has continued to grow under Thomas' watch with back-to-back conference championships from 2012-13.
The Mavericks are 236-227 during Thomas' tenure, including 100-78 from the 2012 to 2014 seasons. UT Arlington earned a trip to the 2012 NCAA Regionals as the Southland Conference Tournament champions. The Mavericks followed that up by sharing the 2013 Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship in the school's only year in the league. UTA also played for the Sun Belt Championship in 2014, its first season in the conference.
UT Arlington has traditionally played a daunting schedule littered with regional powers such as Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, in addition to ranked teams from around the country. The Mavericks own 10 wins over top-10 teams since Thomas joined the program in 2001.
Thomas' guidance plus UT Arlington's challenging schedule has helped prepare players for the next level. Since Thomas' arrival at UT Arlington, 32 players have been either drafted or signed with Major League teams. The summer of 2014 featured a record-breaking six players taken in MLB Draft with three being chosen in the top 10 rounds.
In addition, out of the 10 UTA players who have played in the Major Leagues, Thomas has coached seven: Daniel Ortmeier (2000-02), Ryan Roberts (2002-03), Mark Lowe (2002 & 2004), Hunter Pence (2003-04), Adam Moore (2006), Dillon Gee (2005-07) and Michael Choice (2008-10).
Thomas' squads have also had unparalleled success in the classroom. Baseball student-athletes have finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.04 in 10 semesters since Thomas became head coach during the 2007-08 academic year.
Thomas came to UT Arlington in 2001 following nine years as an assistant coach at Seward County Community College, where he assisted National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame Coach Galen McSpadden.
While at SCCC, Thomas helped lead the Saints to a 346-144 (.706) record while being ranked in the Top 20 nationally during seven seasons. Seward County captured four Jayhawk West Conference crowns, four runner-up finishes and one Sub-Region VI Tournament title.
Before coming to Arlington, Thomas spent his previous four summers as the head coach with the semi-pro Liberal Bee Jays of the Jayhawk League, where he worked with late UT Arlington coach Clay Gould for three summers.
Thomas began his collegiate playing career at Seward County where he earned All-Conference and All-Region VI honors as a right-handed pitcher in 1986. He helped lead his team to a Jayhawk West Conference title and to the program's first-ever Sub-Region VI Tournament championship by going 11-1 on the mound.
Thomas earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and physical education from Oklahoma Christian University in 1989 and a master's degree in sports administration from Fort Hays State University in 1996. He began his coaching career in 1990 at Oklahoma Christian High School before moving to Seward County CC in 1991.
Thomas and his wife, Jean, have three children, Megan, Ryan and Reed.