ORONO, Maine – University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper announced today that he has named J.P. Pyne as a volunteer assistant coach. Pyne comes to the University of Maine after serving as head baseball coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H. since June of 2007.
"I feel the UMaine baseball community was able to improve our coaching staff with the hiring of JP," said Maine head coach Steve Trimper. "His coaching track record speaks for itself, with multiple successful seasons at St. Anslem and Daniel Webster College. Being able to add another top quality coach, with head coaching experience, to our staff will benefit our student athletes and help us all in a quest for a conference championship and NCAA regional bid."
Over the past six seasons, Pyne has transformed the Daniel Webster baseball programs into one of the most competitive in the New England Collegiate Conference. A three-time NECC Coach of the Year, Pyne led his team to the 2010, 2012 and 2013 NECC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. The squad has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, winning its first NCAA Tournament game in 2013.
Pyne has a history of recruiting talented players, having coached 24 who were All New England Collegiate Conference selections, including 19 first team selections. He has coached two NECC Rookies of the Years, the 2012 NECC Pitcher of the Year and the 2013 NECC Player of the Year. Six of his players have earned NEIBA All-New England honors.
Prior to serving as head coach at Daniel Webster College, Pyne was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Joseph College in Standish, Maine. The team finished as 2007 North Atlantic Conference Champions and participated in the 2007 NCAA New England regional tournament.
Pyne served as the head baseball coach at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. from June 2004 to July 2006. The team qualified for Northeast 10 Conference tournaments in consecutive seasons. Pyne was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Anselm prior to being named head coach. While serving at the pitching coach, the 2004 staff had the third best ERA in NCAA Division II and earned the college's first ever NCAA Tournament bid.
Pyne has also worked with the Toronto Blue Jays as an interim pitching coach in the Gulf Coast League. He served as a bullpen coach for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Pyne has also coached the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Pyne is a 2001 graduate of Saint Joseph's College with a degree in communications. He was a four-year letterwinner on the baseball team and captain in 2001. He set several records while a member of the baseball program.