Maine Baseball Names Nick Derba Assistant Coach
ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper announced today that he has hired Nick Derba as an assistant coach. Derba had successful career with Manhattan College and then was part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization for many years.
"Having coached Nick at Manhattan College and watching his professional career, he has a tremendous work ethic, character and the ability to be a top-notch teacher," said Maine head coach Steve Trimper. "He brings a wealth of knowledge from the college and professional side of baseball."
Derba comes to the Black Bears after serving as the hitting and catching coach for the Chatham Anglers for the Cape Cod Baseball League this past summer. He was a volunteer assistant last season at Manhattan College, after working with the Jasper catchers during the 2011 and 2010 off-seasons.
Derba was drafted in the 31st round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played two and a half seasons in Triple A with the Memphis Redbirds. He was among the minor league leaders in throwing our base runners the during his time with the Cardinals.
Derba had a successful career at Manhattan College. He was a three-time All-MAAC first team catcher. He was the only three year captain in Manhattan baseball history. Derba is among the school's all-time leaders in career home runs, hits, runs scored, games played and RBI.
A 2007 graduate of Manhattan College, Derba graduated with a degree in biology with a concentration in pre-med. He obtained a double minor in psychology and chemistry. While with the Jaspers, he was a three-time All-MAAC academic team selection. He was a nominee for the Thomas J. Gunn Medal in 2007 and received the John Daly award for community service in 2007.