ORONO, Maine-- University of Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper announced today that Jason Spaulding has been promoted to associate head coach. Spaulding has served as Maine's pitching coach the past four seasons. Spauling has been integral to Maine's success over that span.
"Coach Spaulding has been a tremendous teacher and tireless recruiter since joining us at UMaine in 2011," said Trimper. "The strides our pitching staff has made, coupled with the development of these student athletes, has been outstanding. Five of our last 6 MLB drafted players have been pitchers. This, along with the improvements to our pitching staff, is a testament to Coach Spaulding's hard work and dedication to Black Bear Baseball. We are very fortunate to have him here in Orono," said Trimper."
Spaulding has had a profound impact on the Maine pitching staff during his time with the Black Bears. This past season, the Black Bears had the America East and ECAC Pitcher of the Year in Tommy Lawrence, who won a school-record 11 games and finished with a 2.32 ERA. Mike Connolly was named to the America East Second Team and led the conference with a 2.11 ERA. In addition, Maine led the league in earned run average.
In the past three seasons, Maine has had five pitchers selected in the Major League Baseball Entry Draft. Connolly was selected in 2013 by the San Francisco Giants. Jeff Gibbs was taken in the 2012 Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Stephen Perakslis was selected by the Chicago Cubs and Jake Marks the New York Mets. Keith Bilodeau was drafted in 2011 by the San Francisco Giants.
Maine captured the 2013 America East Regular Season title, after winning the 2011 America East Tournament and earning a NCAA Regional berth.