PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — University of Maine-Presque Isle baseball coach Leo Saucier has stepped down from the position he has held for the past six seasons, according to a press release from the school.
Saucier’s Owls just completed their 2013 campaign with four wins over the weekend vs. Eastern Maine Community College to end with a 16-23 record, the most wins in a season since 14 in 2009.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as head coach of UMPI baseball,” said Saucier in the release. “I hope the program continues to grow.”
Since returning to the dugout in 2008 (he was also head coach of the team from 2002-04 before stepping away a first time), Saucier has not only coached but served as a fundraiser, promoter and recruiter for the program.
His teams received notoriety in 2009 when New York Times writer Bill Pennington spent time with the squad and wrote a story highlighting the fact that the team had not played a home game in nearly four years. Saucier and the team were also interviewed by ESPN while on one of their many long road trips.
“I am saddened that Leo has chosen to step down from the team that he has lead for nine years,” said Paul Stone, UMPI’s interim athletic director. “He has done a great deal to improve the student-athlete experience for his players during his second, six-year stint, as the head baseball coach here at UMPI. Through hard work and dedication he has grown the roster each year, improving the talent and quality of play annually. I understand the stress of working two full- time jobs and I am glad the university isn’t losing him as a professor as well as a baseball coach.”
Saucier will remain at UMPI as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education.
A search for a new coach is underway.