2013, Leo Saucier enters his 9th year as the head coach of UMPI's
baseball team; he returned in '08 after three years away from
coaching. He was the pitching coach for the '01 squad and
Head Baseball coach for three seasons from '02 to '04. In
2009 he led the team to their most successful season ever and to a
record most wins in a single season (14). The team
also competed in their first post-season tournament; they
finished 13-7 in the Sunrise Conference and second in the
conference playoffs. The Owls again finished in second place
in the Sunrise Conference in 2010. With his recruting
efforts, Coach Saucier has increased the roster to 28, which
includes several out of state student-athletes.
Coach Saucier played NCAA Div II baseball for Slippery Rock University (Penn.) in '81 & '82 but a shoulder injury ended his college pitching career prior to his junior season. He finished college early by graduating Magna Cum Laude from SRU in December of '83 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Physical Education.
After college he entered the U.S. Navy and served four years as a medical corpsman. He worked intensive care in Naval Hospitals and spent his last two years with the 2nd Marines, 2nd Battalion; a U. S. Marine Corps infantry unit. His advanced training as an EMT and battlefield medic supported his infantry unit in combat training. He began work on his Master's Degree at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) while stationed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia.
After receiving his honorable discharge in '88 coach Saucier entered Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia where he completed his Master of Education Degree in Physical Education (1992). While at Valdosta State, he was a graduate assistant in the human performance lab and a volunteer assistant with VSU's baseball team. He worked with and learned from the legendary baseball coach Tommy Thomas; the all time NCAA Div. II leader in wins for a coach (1,234).
Coach Saucier taught middle school Science and Physical Education in Georgia from '91 - '96 and also coached high school baseball and football, middle school football and track & field. At the same time he was an adjunct instructor for Valdosta State's physical education department, teaching undergraduate courses at night.
He was hired full time at Valdosta State University in the summer of '96; he was the physical education department activity coordinator, a student teaching supervisor, and an instructor of physical education. He left Valdosta State for the University of New Mexico in '99 to pursue a doctorate in physical education (curriculum & instruction). After completing a successful year at UNM as a teaching assistant he decided to follow his desire to coach college baseball.
A native of Millinocket (Stearns H.S., 1980) coach Saucier returned to Maine in 2000 to take a one year teaching position at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (he remains a full-time faculty member in the College of Education) and assist with coaching the baseball team. By the following year he was hired as the head coach; "I am so happy to be back coaching, but first and foremost I am a teacher. The most important job I have is to help train successful teachers of physical education."
Coach Saucier is married and lives in Easton with his wife Vicki.