Softball Hires Mike Coutts as Assistant Coach
ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine softball head coach Lynn Coutts has announced the hiring of Mike Coutts as assistant coach. Mike Coutts, a former Black Bear baseball team member and assistant Black Bear baseball coach, will focus on working closely with the hitters, infielders and the catchers.
Coutts brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the diamond as he spent the 1987-97 seasons as an associate/assistant baseball coach under the great John Winkin at the University of Maine. During his time assisting at Maine, Coutts helped lead the Black Bears to NCAA Regional Appearances in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993 while coaching 10 future Major League Baseball professionals.
Coutts spent four seasons as a member of the Black Bear baseball team from 1978-81. In 1981, as the team captain, Coutts helped lead the squad to a College World Series appearance. Coutts was named to the Northeast Regional First Team in 1980-81; an All-New England First Team selection in 1981; a Cape Cod Summer League All-Star in 1980 and a Yankee Conference First Team selection from 1979-81.
From 1995-2002, Coutts was the head coach of the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League. While with the Kettleers, Coutts led the team to a pair of league championships in 1995 and 1999. Following the 1995 season, Coutts was named 1995 Cape Cod Coach of the Year. Coutts coached professionals Chase Utley, Garrett Atkins and Mitch Stetter all while they were with the Kettleers.
Following his time in the Cape League, Coutts held head coaching stints in the Alaska Collegiate Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
From 2009-10, Coutts was the head baseball coach at Deering High School in Portland, Maine. While at Deering, Coutts led the team to the 2009 State Championship and a perfect 22-0 record after racking up 50-consecutive victories. At one point, Coutts' Deering squad was ranked as the #50 program in the United States.
Most recently, Coutts was the head coach at Scarborough High School in Scarborough, Maine. While at the helm, Coutts led the team to a Western Maine Championship in 2012.
Since 1997, Coutts has operated the Frozeon Ropes Baseball & Softball Training Center in Portland Maine where he has conducted numerous coaching clinics as well as offering one-on-one training in all areas of the game.
Coutts also co-authored "Organization of Indoor Baseball Practice" while producing a video by the same title.
Coutts graduated from the University of Maine in 1982 with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education before earning his Master of Education/Administration in 1989, also from the University of Maine.
Coutts and his wife, head coach Lynn Coutts, are the parents of two children: 14-year-old son Jackson and 10-year-old daughter Maggie.