ORONO, Maine — Jason Spaulding has played an important role on the coaching staff of the University of Maine during his three-plus seasons with the program.
On Tuesday, head coach Steve Trimper announced Spaulding has been promoted to associate head coach.
“Coach Spaulding has been a tremendous teacher and tireless recruiter since joining us at UMaine in 2010,” Trimper said.
“The strides our pitching staff has made, coupled with the development of these student-athletes, has been outstanding,” Trimper added.
Spaulding, who has served as Maine’s pitching coach the last three seasons, did not receive a salary increase, said Trimper, who wanted to reward him in a meaningful way.
Trimper pointed out that five of the last six UMaine baseball players drafted have been pitchers and all have demonstrated growth under Spaulding’s guidance.
“[It] 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,” Trimper said.
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 earned run average. Mike Connolly was named to the America East second team and led the conference with a 2.11 ERA. Maine led the league in ERA.
Over the past three seasons, Maine has had five pitchers selected in the draft. Connolly was selected in 2013 by the San Francisco Giants. Jeff Gibbs was taken in 2012 by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Steve Perakslis was selected by the Chicago Cubs and Jake Marks went to 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 an NCAA Regional berth.
“Jason has a calm, cool demeanor and he has the respect of our players,” Trimper said. “His mentality is, we’re going to work you hard and show you how to improve.”
Trimper said Spaulding, whom he recruited and coached while at the University of Vermont, has been the perfect complement to his own personality and coaching style.
“He has a tremendous knowledge of the game and he’s a people person. Our players, their parents, our donors all walk away and say, I really like that guy,” Trimper said.
Spaulding also has assumed an expanded role as a recruiter, helping to bring in four strong classes.
“Jason will make a great head coach some day, but he knows we’ve got a lot of unfinished business here,” Trimper added.
The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for its work in the classroom during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Polar Bears earned the AVCA’s Academic Team Award by maintaining at least a 3.30 GPA. It is the sixth consecutive year that Bowdoin has earned the honor.
In addition to excelling in the classroom, the Polar Bears continued to reach new heights on the court. A year after winning the program’s first-ever NESCAC Championship in 2011, the Polar Bears set a new school record with 28 wins and advanced to the Regional Final (“Sweet Sixteen”) of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.
Bowdoin will open its 2013 season at the Endicott College Tournament on September 6 with a pair of matches against Sage and Eastern (Pa.).