The Trimper File
Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier introduced Steve Trimper as the 23rd head baseball coach in the history of the Hatters baseball program on December 21, 2016, at a news conference in the Hall of Fame room at the Edmunds Center.
Trimper, a native of Newton, New Jersey, made his second season at Stetson one to remember after leading the Hatters to a second place finish in his inaugural run through the ASUN Conference.
In 2018 the Hatters rewrote much of the Stetson Baseball record book. The list of team and individual accomplishments was considerable.
- Overall record: 48-13 - tied for the most wins in a season in program history.
- ASUN record: 15-3 (1st Place) - third regular season title in non-divisional era.
- ASUN Tournament: 4-0 (Champions) - ninth title in program history
- NCAA DeLand Regional: 3-0 (Champions) - first NCAA Regional title
- Home record: 32-3 - best in Melching Field history
- Finished the season ranked in every national poll.
- Baseball America (12)
- Collegiate Baseball (10)
- USA Today Coaches Poll (13)
- D1Baseball.com (10)
- National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (13)
- NCAA RPI (7)
- ASUN Regular Season and Tournament champions.
- First team in program history to host an NCAA Regional Tournament.
- First team in program history to win an NCAA Regional Tournament.
- Posted a program record 18-game win streak from April 24-June3.
- Tied the program record for wins in a season.
- Logan Gilbert and Brooks Wilson both earned first team All-America honors from multiple sources.
- Gilbert was a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award.
- Wilson was named the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year for Division I.
- Wilson was also a finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award and the Senior Class Award.
- Gilbert was named ASUN Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, the first in league history to do so.
- Wilson was selected as the ASUN Player of the Year.
- Wilson was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the DeLand Regional despite not pitching.
- Gilbert and Wilson, Jack Perkins were first team All-ASUN selections.
- Joey Gonzalez, Jacob Koos and Mike Spooner were second team All-ASUN selections.
- Eric Foggo was selected to the ASUN All-Freshman team. Foggo was also named most valuable player of the ASUN Tournament.
- Trimper was named the ASUN Coach of the Year.
- Six Hatters were selected in the MLB Draft in June.
- Logan Gilbert by Seattle (1st round, #16 overall)
- Brooks Wilson by Atlanta (7th round, #202)
- Jack Perkins by Philadelphia (11th round, #317)
- Ben Onyshko by Seattle (24th round, #718)
- Austin Hale by Minnesota (28th round, #844)
- Joey Gonzalez by Houston (28th round, #852).
- After the draft ended, Mike Spooner signed as a free agent with Cincinnati.
- For the second straight year Stetson had three pitchers with more than 100 strikeouts, joining with Rice (2002-03) as the only program in NCAA history to reach that milestone in consecutive seasons. No program has ever done it three times in a row.
- In February, Mitchell Senger became the first Hatter since 1986 to throw a complete game no-hitter.
- Senger, Spooner, Gilbert and Jacob Koos joined Foggo on the ASUN All-Tournament team.
- Gilbert, Senger and Andrew MacNeil were selected to the Academic All-ASUN team.
- Wilson was named ASUN Player of the Week twice.
- Jorge Arenas was named ASUN Player of the Week once.
- Senger was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week three times.
- Gilbert was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week twice.
- Perkins was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week once.
- Most team strikeouts in a season – 635 (third consecutive season to break that record)
- Most individual strikeouts in a season – 163 by Logan Gilbert
- Most individual and team saves in a season – 20 by Brooks Wilson (tied for NCAA lead)
- Most team shutouts in a season – 9 tied record
- Most wins in a season – 48 tied record
- Lowest team ERA in the aluminum bat era – 2.66
- Lowest opponent batting average in the aluminum bat era - .207
- Fewest extra base hits allowed in the aluminum bat era - 90
Other Items of Note:
- Stetson finished first in the NCAA in ERA – 2.66
- Stetson finished first in the NCAA in fewest hits allowed per nine innings – 6.81
- Stetson finished first in the NCAA in shutouts – 9 (tied)
- Stetson finished first in the NCAA in WHIP – 1.11
- Stetson finished first in the NCAA in strikeouts – 635 (tied)
- Stetson finished third in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings – 10.5
- Stetson finished third in the NCAA strikeout to walk ratio – 3.31
- Stetson finished fourth in the NCAA in winning percentage - .787
- Stetson finished seventh in the NCAA in triples – 23
- Stetson finished ninth in the NCAA in triples per game – 0.38
- Senger finished eighth in the NCAA in complete games – 4
- Wilson finished first in the NCAA in saves – 20 (tied)
- Wilson finished 28th in the NCAA in pitching appearances – 32
- Gilbert finished first in the NCAA in strikeouts – 163
- Senger finished 31st in the NCAA in strikeouts – 114
- Perkins finished 42nd in the NCAA in strikeouts – 108
- Gonzalez finished 23rd in the NCAA in ERA – 2.07
- Senger finished 62nd in the NCAA in ERA – 2.51
- Gilbert finished 91st in the NCAA in ERA – 2.72
- Perkins finished 105th in the NCAA in ERA – 2.80
- Wilson finished with a 2.08 ERA but did not pitch enough innings to qualify for the NCAA rankings
- Gilbert finished 15th in the NCAA in fewest hits allowed per nine innings – 5.69
- Senger finished 34th in the NCAA in fewest hits allowed per nine innings – 6.36
- Koos finished 54th in the NCAA in stolen bases – 23
- Gilbert finished 18th in the NCAA in strikeout to walk ratio – 6.52
- Gilbert finished 7th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings – 13.06
- Senger finished 56th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings – 10.99
- Logan Gilbert and Jack Perkins finished tied for fifth in the NCAA in wins – 11
- Mitchell Senger finished 31st in the NCAA in wins – 9
- Joey Gonzalez finished 58th in the NCAA in wins – 8
- Stetson appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list multiple times.
- Senger for his no hitter.
- Jacob Koos for a catch
- Jonathan Meola for catches twice, including No. 1 on the top 10 for a catch against OSU in the Regional
In his first season, the Hatters finished just one game behind Jacksonville in 2017 in the race for the ASUN title and won six of seven league series during the year. The season also included road series wins at The Citadel and at Tulane.
The Hatters’ pitching staff set a new program record for strikeouts in a season in 2017 with 538 and Stetson became just the sixth program - joining with Rice, UCLA, TCU, Ole Miss and Oklahoma - since 2002 have three pitchers record at least 100 strikeouts during the season.
In addition to the on-field accomplishments of his first year, Trimper also hit the ground running on the fund-raising front. With the establishment of the Dugout Club, he has raised more than $100,000 toward the renovation of the Hatters’ locker room and the Carlton Family Team Room. The reconstruction of the team room was completed prior to the start of the 2018 season and construction on the locker room and coaches offices was completed in September of 2018.
Prior to coming to Stetson, 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.
In 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 was again on the schedule at the 2018 convention, which was held in Indianapolis. 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 has served as 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.
Trimper and his wife, Lisa, have twin daughters, Ally and Morgan (18), who are seniors at the Taft School in Connecticut where they play softball and ice hockey. Both are committed to play college hockey at the University of Maine.
What they are saying about Steve Trimper
Pete Dunn – Hall of Fame Coach – Stetson University
“Steve Trimper will do a great job for Stetson. He is tremendously competitive, tremendously hard-working and a great recruiter. He is a blue-collar, get after you kind of coach who is really solid on the fundamentals and has great knowledge of the game. He has a lot of enthusiasm. He knows the state of Florida well because he has always been able to use his connections there to get players to Maine. He is very well-respected in the coaching field. Stetson made a great hire.”
“The naming of Steve Trimper as Stetson's new baseball coach marks a new and exciting era for the university, the DeLand community, and the Stetson Baseball family. I've enjoyed competing against Steve's clubs at Maine the past 11 years and have come to appreciate the preparation, discipline and energy his teams bring to the field. He knows the state of Florida and has recruited outstanding talent from here. That talent has contributed significantly to UM's success. I'm proud to welcome ‘Trimp’, his wife Lisa, and girls Ally and Morgan to DeLand and the Stetson community.”
Jack Leggett – Hall of Fame Head Coach from Vermont, Western Carolina and Clemson
Jim Schlossnagle – Head Baseball Coach, Texas Christian University
“I am so very excited for Stetson and their baseball program! Steve is an outstanding coach with relentless positive energy. He is knowledgeable, a great teacher and a tremendous person with outstanding integrity. Without question, there are great days ahead for Stetson baseball.”
Tim Corbin – Head Baseball Coach, Vanderbilt University
“Steve is one of those coaches who has made the most of every situation that he has been a part of. From his days as a recruiter at Vermont, to head coach at Manhattan and Maine, Steve has been able to cultivate strong programs while maximizing his resources. He has tremendous positive energy and will transition well into a program that has been led by one of the nation’s finest coaches (Pete Dunn)."
Joe Weber – Head Baseball Coach, Miami-Christopher Columbus HS
“I have been sending kids to Steve for years, even when he was at Manhattan. Every kid, to a man, said they enjoyed playing for him because he treated them with respect. In these days of over-recruiting, it is rare to find a guy who delivers on what he says, but that is what Steve does. He is a tremendous coach who will be very successful at Stetson. It has been a few years since we have sent any players there, but I imagine that will be changing.”
Eddie Doskow – Head Baseball Coach, Miami-Southridge HS
“Coach Trimper is a high energy coach that gets the best out of his players, on and off the field. He is a true man of high character.”