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Maine head coach Steve Trimper begins his ninth season as head coach of the Black Bears, after leading the team to the 2013 America East regular season championship.
The Black Bears return several key players from last year’s squad and look to challenge for the America East title again this season.
In 2013, Trimper was named America East Coach of the Year after leading the Black Bears to a mark of 37-22 overall, 20-9 in America East conference play. Maine was the top seed in the 2013 America East Tournament, which was played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Maine advanced to the championship game, but fell in the title game to the Binghamton Bearcats.
The post-season honors for the Black Bears were plenty. Michael Fransoso was named the America East Pitcher of the Year and also a Louisville Slugger All-American Honorable Mention, while Tommy Lawrence was named America East and ECAC Pitcher of the Year. Mike Connolly became the first player in the history of the conference to be named to two all-conference teams at different positions. He was named to the America East First Team as a pitcher and the America East Second Team as a catcher.
During his time at Maine, Trimper has led the Black Bears to a pair of NCAA Regional appearance in 2006 and most-recently in 2011. He has coached 18 players that have been selected in the MLB draft, including nine during his time at Maine and nine while coaching at Manhattan. In addition, he has coached 10 freshman All-Americans. Following last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Fransoso in the 27th round, while the San Francisco Giants selected Connolly in the 27th round.
Trimper has spoken at numerous national conventions in recent years. He spoke at the 2005 ABCA National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., and the 2013 convention in Chicago. He has also served as a clinician at numerous conventions, including the Ohio State baseball coaching convention and the World Baseball convention in Connecticut.
The 2012 season was highlighted by a run in the America East tournament. The Black Bears won a pair of games, reaching the championship round, before falling to eventual champion Stony Brook, who went on to compete in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Midway through the season, Trimper led the Black Bears to a 14-game winning streak. The run including weekend sweeps of Norfolk State, UMBC and Hartford.
Junior captain Michael Fransoso and Shaun Coughlin were named to the America East First Team, while Stephen Perakslis and Tyler Patzalek earned spots on the America East Second Team. Scott Heath was named to the America East All-Rookie Team. Following the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Jeff Gibbs in the ninth round, while the Chicago Cubs selected Perakslis in the 21st round.
During the 2011 season, Trimper led the Black Bears to a record of 33-24. Maine finished 18-6 in America East play and won the America East Championship after defeating Albany in the title game, 10-1. Maine traveled to North Carolina for the NCAA Regionals, where it defeated #20 Florida International.
The Black Bears won 14 of their last 15 games of the regular season in 2011, including a stretch of 11 consecutive wins. The win over Florida International University marked the first NCAA Regional win for Maine since the 2005 postseason.
Trimper coached eight America East All-Conference selections and three All-Rookie selections. Four Black Bears were named to the America East All-Tournament Team, including Taylor Lewis who earned Most Outstanding Player honors. Keith Bilodeau was an NEIBA First Team selection, while Michael Fransoso was named to the NCAA All-Regional Team.
Following the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Lewis in the 10th round of the MLB Entry Draft, while the San Francisco Giants drafted Bilodeau in the 24th round.
Early in the 2011 season, the Black Bears recorded one of the biggest wins in recent memory with a 5-3 victory over North Carolina, ranked 11th at the time. In late March and early April, Trimper led the Black Bears to eight straight wins. Maine’s 3-1 win over Binghamton on April 18 marked the 300th win of Trimper’s career.
The Black Bears were well represented in post-season awards following the 2010 campaign. Four Black Bears were named to the America East First Team, while three earned a spot on the Second Team. The Black Bears also had three All-Rookie Team selections. Joe Mercurio was named to the All-New England First Team, the All-ECAC First Team and the ABCA Northeast Region First Team. Taylor Lewis earned a spot on the All-New England Second Team, while George Tager was an America East All-Academic selection.
In 2009, Trimper led the Black Bears to a record of 32-23. Maine’s 11-9 win over UNLV on Feb. 22 was the 250th career win for Trimper. Maine had a seven-game winning streak midway through the season. Senior Kevin McAvoy earned a spot on the America East First Team, while rookie Ian Leisenheimer was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Senior second baseman Danny Menendez set the school record for stolen bases in a season and finished among the national leaders in that category.
Trimper coached a young team in 2008 that had 20 freshman and sophomores on the roster. He coached senior Curt Smith, who was named the 2008 Len Harlow America East Player of the Year. In addition, sophomore Myckie Lugbauer was named to the America East First Team.
In his second season at Maine, Trimper and the Black Bears played one of the toughest schedules in recent years. Maine played a four-game series with Arizona State, who was ranked 14th in the nation at the time, and went on to compete in the College World Series, and traditional power Miami. In all, Trimper led the Black Bears in games against five teams that played in an NCAA Regional in 2007.
On the field, rookie catcher Myckie Lugbauer was named the America East Rookie of the Year and named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He also earned a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team. Matt McGraw was named to the America East First Team, while Joel Barrett, Billy Cather, Brad Hertzler and Curt Smith earned Second Team Honors. Kevin Jackson was named to the All-Rookie Team. McGraw and Greg Norton were each named to the America East All-Academic Team.
In his first season at the helm of the Black Bears, Trimper led the Black Bears to their second straight America East Tournament Championship after Maine recorded a 5-3 victory over Stony Brook in the America East Title game. Maine went undefeated in the America East Tournament. The Black Bears were placed in the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to sixth-ranked North Carolina, a team that finished as NCAA Runners up, and UNC Wilmington. In the game against UNC, Maine jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning. Maine again grabbed a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Trimper saw his players have tremendous success on the field. Rookie sensation Kevin McAvoy received nearly every honor possible. He was named America East Rookie of the Year, named to the America East First Team, All-New England First Team, America East All-Rookie Team, NCAA All-Regional Team, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and ABCA Northeast Region First Team. Numerous other players also received honors. Joe Hough was named to the America East First Team, while Curt Smith was named to the All-New England First Team. Smith was also named to the NCAA All-Regional Team and ABCA Second Team.
Trimper recorded his 400th career victory when Maine defeated Stony Brook 3-2 on April 20, 2013.
Trimper was named head baseball coach at the University of Maine on August 18, 2005. He became the 24th head baseball coach in Maine history.
Trimper served as head coach at Manhattan College for seven years from 1999 - 2005, leading the Jaspers to the MAAC Tournament in each of his last three years. While at Manhattan, Trimper led the Jaspers to 20 or more wins in each of his seasons, including a school-record 32 wins during the 2002 season which earned him MAAC Coach of the Year honors.
In 2005, the Jaspers finished 27-21 and 15-8 in MAAC play. The team earned a berth in the 2005 MAAC Tournament for the third year in a row. Trimper coached MAAC Player and Rookie of the Year Matt Rizzotti. In 2004, the Jaspers advanced to the championship round of the MAAC Baseball Tournament for the first time in program history.
Trimper compiled a record of 172-174-2 in his seven seasons at Manhattan. He ranks second on the all-time wins list and posted a record of 93-83 in MAAC play.
Prior to serving as head coach at Manhattan, Trimper served as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont from 1994–1998. While at Vermont, Trimper helped lead the Catamounts to three America East Conference Tournament appearances. The Catamounts posted a record of 92-79 in his four seasons.
Before his coaching stint at Vermont, Trimper served as the associate head coach at Wentworth College in Boston from 1992–1994. He also served as head coach of the Eastern Tide of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summers of 1996 and 1997.
A native of Newton, New Jersey, Trimper is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in physical education. He played baseball for three years and was a member of the Warriors’ 1990 NCAA Division III National Championship team, under legendary coach Bill Holowaty. He transferred to ECSU after one year at Elon College, which reached the NAIA national tournament and finished 36-9. In 1997, Trimper earned his master’s degree in administration from Vermont.
In addition to his coaching duties at Manhattan, Trimper also served as the director of marketing for the athletic department.
Trimper is also heavily involved in camps and clinics. He had a highly successful Baseball School for six years in New York, which drew 2,000 students.
He and his wife, Lisa, have twin daughters, Ally and Morgan, who are 13.