Maine Head Coach Steve Trimper
Aug. 18, 2005
ORONO, Maine-- University of Maine Interim Director of Athletics Blake James announced today that Steve Trimper has been named head coach of the baseball program. Trimper has spent the last seven seasons as head coach at Manhattan College, leading the Jaspers to the MAAC Tournament in each of the past three years. He becomes the 24th coach in Maine baseball history.
"We began the search looking for the best coach for the Maine baseball program and we found that person in Steve Trimper," said James. "He brings great head coaching experience and is familiar with the America East conference. We are excited to introduce him as the head coach of the University of Maine baseball team."
"This is a great day for myself and my family to be coming to Maine and help lead one of the most prestigious baseball programs in the country," said Trimper. "I would like to thank Blake and President Kennedy for giving me this opportunity. There are great people here at the University of Maine, and with great people you can have great success."
Trimper has served as head coach at Manhattan College for seven years. He led the Jaspers to 20 wins or more 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 and earned a berth in the 2005 MAAC Tournament. Trimper coached MAAC Player and Rookie of the Year Matt Rizzotti. Three Jaspers played in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2005, while six played this past summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. 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 and ranks second on the all-time wins list. He was 93-83 in MAAC play.
A native of Newton, New Jersey, Trimper served as an assistant baseball coach at the University of Vermont from 1994-1998, prior to coaching at Manhattan. While at UVM, 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 that, Trimper served as the associate head coach for two seasons (1992-94) at Wentworth College in Boston. He also served as the head coach of the Eastern Tides of the New England Collegiate Baseball League for two summers in 1996 and 1997.
A 1992 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in physical education, Trimper played baseball for three years and was a member of the Warriors' 1990 NCAA Division III National Championship team. He transferred to ECSU after one year (1989) 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. He and his wife, Lisa, have twin daughters, Ally and Morgan, who are five.
Trimper takes over a Maine program with a strong baseball tradition. The Black Bears had one of the best seasons in recent memory last year when they went 35-19. Maine won the 2005 America East Championship and earned a berth in the Oxford Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Black Bears defeated Southern Miss 12-2 to win their first NCAA Tournament game since the 1991 season. Maine returns 20 letterwinners from that team for the 2006 season.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT STEVE TRIMPER
University of Vermont Coach Bill Currier
"Steve was my assistant for four years at Vermont. He will bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the Maine program. I am happy for him and the accomplishments he had at Manhattan over the past seven seasons. The conference is getting another great coach in Steve Trimper. Hopefully he has been away from Vermont long enough that he does not remember our signs."
Former Maine baseball player and current Clemson Coach Jack Leggett
"I have known Steve for a long time. He is a tireless worker with a great love and knowledge for the game. He is going to be a great fit for Maine and things there are in great hands. All the Maine people should be excited about the hiring of Steve and following the Black Bears into the future."
Former University of Maine captain Aaron Izaryk
"After meeting Coach Trimper, I am excited about his hiring as our new head coach. Coach Trimper brings a solid baseball background, some new ideas, as well as plenty of positive energy to our program. For what I drew from our discussion, his competitive edge will mesh with our guys. Our program has taken great strides in recent years towards being a premier program in the northeast, and with the help of Coach Trimper, our players will have every opportunity to be successful."
Former University of Maine Head Coach Paul Kostacopoulos
"From my perspective, I think Steve is an outstanding hire. He has a great enthusiasm and relates well to the players. I truly believe Steve will do a great job at Maine."