Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier introduced Steve Trimper as the 23rd head baseball coach in the 116-year history of the Hatters baseball program on Monday at a news conference in the Hall of Fame room at the Edmunds Center.
Trimper completed 11 seasons as head coach at the University of Maine where he compiled a 309-292-2 overall record, including a 140-115 mark in America East Conference play. He took his team to the conference tournament nine times, winning the event to advance into NCAA Regional play in 2006 and 2011.
8862In 2013, Trimper was named America East Coach of the Year after leading the Black Bears to a mark of 37-22 overall, 20-9 in America East conference play. Maine was the top seed in the 2013 America East Tournament before falling in the title game to Binghamton.
During the 2012 season Trimper’s Maine team put together a 14-game win streak and advanced to the title game of the America East Tournament before falling to Stony Brook. That Stony Brook team advanced all the way to the College World Series in Omaha.
During his career, Trimper has coached 18 players who were selected in the MLB draft – nine during his time at Maine and nine while coaching at Manhattan. In addition, he has coached 10 freshman All-Americans
Trimper has spoken at numerous national conventions in recent years. He addressed the 2005 ABCA National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., and the 2013 convention in Chicago. He has also served as a clinician at numerous conventions, including the Ohio State baseball coaching convention and the World Baseball convention in Connecticut.
Trimper is the Northeast Chair of the American Baseball Coaches Association.
In 2011, Trimper’s Black Bears posted a 33-24 record, which included an 18-6 mark in league play. Maine raced through the America East Tournament, defeating Albany in the title game 10-1 to earn an NCAA Regional bid. Maine traveled to North Carolina for the NCAA Regionals, where the Bears earned a victory over #20 Florida International.
The Black Bears won 14 of their last 15 games of the regular season in 2011, including a stretch of 11 consecutive wins. The win over FIU marked the first NCAA Regional win for Maine since the 2005 postseason. Early in that 2011 season, the Black Bears recorded a 5-3 victory over North Carolina, ranked 11th in the nation at the time.
In his first season at Maine, Trimper led the Black Bears to their second straight America East Tournament Championship with a 5-3 victory over Stony Brook in the title game. Maine advanced to the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to sixth-ranked North Carolina, a team that finished as NCAA Runners up, despite holding leads of 4-1 and 6-4 in the game.
Prior to his time at Maine, Trimper served as head coach at Manhattan College for seven years (1999-2005), leading the Jaspers to the MAAC Tournament in each of his last three years. While at Manhattan, Trimper led the Jaspers to 20 or more wins 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. The team earned a berth in the 2005 MAAC Tournament for the third year in a row. 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. He ranks second on the all-time wins list and posted a record of 93-83 in MAAC play.
Prior to his time at Manhattan, Trimper served as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont (1994-98), where he helped lead the Catamounts to three America East Conference Tournament appearances while posting a record of 92-79 over four seasons.
Trimper served as the associate head coach at Wentworth College in Boston (1992-94) and also served as head coach of the Eastern Tide of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summers of 1996 and 1997.
Trimper is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in physical education. He played baseball for three years and was a member of the Warriors’ 1990 NCAA Division III National Championship team under legendary coach Bill Holowaty. He transferred to ECSU after one year at Elon College, which reached the NAIA national tournament and finished 36-9 in his lone season there. Trimper earned his master’s degree in administration from Vermont in 1997.