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Stetson to hire Maine’s Steve Trimper as Head Coach

Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier confirmed on Saturday that, on Monday, he will be introducing Steve Trimper as the Hatters 23rd head baseball coach.
 
“There is obviously a tremendous amount of interest in the Stetson baseball program, both in this position and from the media,” Altier said. “We had an outstanding field of candidates from which to choose a new coach to replace Coach Pete Dunn after 37 years guiding the program.
 
“From that group of initial candidates, we narrowed the field to six finalists. During the final interview process, it became apparent that Steve Trimper was the complete package and the right choice to lead our baseball program into the future.”
 
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.
 
“Steve will bring incredible excitement and enthusiasm to the Stetson program,” Altier said. “He has been successful on the field at both Maine and Manhattan, but he has also had a tremendous impact in other areas. He has an outstanding record of developing young men, both academically and athletically, to reach their full potential. He is an accomplished fundraiser, has a long history of civic engagement, and will be a great fit in the DeLand community.
 
“I am looking forward to the future for Stetson baseball with Steve leading the program.”
 
A native of Trenton, NJ, Trimper is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. He began his coaching career at Wentworth College in Boston from 1992-94 before moving on to the University of Vermont in 1994. He earned a master’s degree from Vermont in 1997.
 
Trimper became one of the youngest Division I head baseball coaches in the nation in 1999 when he was selected to be the head coach at Manhattan College. He posted a 172-174-2 record with the Jaspers over seven seasons. He became head coach at the University of Maine in 2005.
 
“I want to thank Coach Dunn, Jeff, Dr. Libby and the entire Stetson community for the opportunity to lead Stetson baseball into the future,” Trimper said. “It is a tremendous opportunity to build on all that Coach Dunn, the coaches and the players there have created over the years.
 
“I am so excited to get there and get to work. With all the history and tradition of Stetson baseball, I believe we can take the program to the next level, and do that within in the rules of the institution, the ASUN Conference and the NCAA. I can’t wait to get started.”
 
Trimper, his wife Lisa, and twin daughters Ally and Morgan, will be on campus on Monday to be officially introduced to the Stetson University family. The news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Hall of Fame room at the Edmunds Center.

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