PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A new era in Presque Isle High School baseball will begin next spring with the recent hiring of Jim York as the Wildcats’ new varsity coach.
York replaces Tim Olore, who retired this fall after nearly three decades of guiding the program.
“Tim Olore has been a fixture of the Presque Isle coaching staff for 28 years,” said Presque Isle athletic administrator Mark White. “He has dedicated most of his adult life to coaching baseball at Presque Isle High School, and he will be missed.”
The Wildcats were frequent postseason participants under Olore, a former standout athlete at Presque Isle High School before graduating in 1979. He went on to star in baseball and basketball at the University of Maine at Presque Isle before returning to MSAD 1 as a teacher and coach.
Last season, the Presque Isle baseball team advanced to the Eastern B preliminary round before they were defeated by Waterville. In 2012, Olore was named the Penobscot Valley Conference Class B Coach of the Year after guiding the Wildcats to a 15-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the final Eastern B Heal point ratings.
In 2004, Olore and SAD 1 groundskeepers Sandy Curran and Wayne Brown were honored by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association as the 2004 District 1 Groundskeepers/Field of the Year for leading an effort to make the James I. Dyer Memorial Field in one of the best in the state.
Olore, Curran and Brown were recognized for their efforts over the previous decade to renovate nearly every aspect of Dyer Field, including rebuilding the infield, reseeding the outfield, replacing the outfield fence, upgrading the parking area and constructing dugouts, a press box, a concession booth, storage area and bathrooms.
York most recently served as an assistant coach under Olore at Presque Isle after coaching the school’s junior varsity baseball team from 2006-10. He also served as the Wildcats’ varsity golf coach from 2006-12.
York played baseball at Skowhegan Area High School until graduating in 2001, and he graduated from the University of Maine in 2005. He began his teaching career that fall at Presque Isle in the school’s social studies department.
York lives in Presque Isle with his fiancee Katie and daughter Piper.
“Jim brings a solid baseball background as a player and coach to the program,” said White. “Being a coach in SAD 1 for nine years, Jim knows the high expectations Presque Isle High School has for its athletic programs.
“Taking over for Tim Olore is going to be a tough job, but we are confident in Jim’s ability to maintain the level of excellence the program has enjoyed for the past 28 years,” he said.
Mike McDevitt, a 6-foot-8-inch senior center from Greely High School in Cumberland Center, has made a verbal commitment to accept a basketball scholarship from NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce College of Rindge, N.H., according to newenglandrecruitingreport.com.
McDevitt is a two-time Bangor Daily News honorable mention All-Maine selection for his play at Greely, a Western Maine Class B program.
He also was a key member of a Maine Athletic Club 17-and-under basketball team, coached by Bangor’s Carl Parker, that went 10-4 during national AAU tournament play in Orlando, Fla., last summer. That run included winning the silver bracket championship at the AAU Silver Super Showcase.
McDevitt is one of at least three seniors who have announced plans to sign with a NCAA Division II program that competes in the Northeast 10 Conference. He joins Dustin Cole of Bonny Eagle of Standish, who also will sign with Franklin Pierce; and Isaiah Bess of Hampden Academy, who has verbally committed to attend Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
McDevitt is the son of Mike McDevitt, a former basketball standout at Ellsworth High School, who serves as women’s basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.