Presque Isle, Maine -- Maine-Presque Isle softball head coach Peter Coffin has resigned his position after leading the Owl program for the past three seasons.
During Coffins tenure, the Owl softball program made great strides by upgrading the level of competitiveness and playing full NCAA schedules against many regional Division III powers.
This past season saw several Owl hitters make tremendous individual improvements. GSAC All-Conference outfield Amanda Allen increased her batting average 150 points, Presque Isle native Katie Patenaude improved by 110 points and the senior duo of Brittany Luetjen and Krista Coffin saw batting average increases of 145 and 136 points respectively.
In all, each of the seven returning players saw batting average improvements of at least 40 points and the team raised the cumulative Owl batting average 55 points to .279 from .224 in 2013. The batting improvements led to the Owls scoring 1.5 more runs a game in 2014.
"For three years I have enjoyed coaching great kids and representing UMPI, but with additional work responsibilities and a want to make more time for my family, it is best for me to resign now and allow new leadership to grab the reigns of the program." Coffin added, "I graduated from UMPI and was honored that I had the chance to coach collegiately at my alma mater".
Under Coffin's tutelage daughter Krista Coffin became one of the nations' finest two-way players, hitting .391 in her final season to add to her outstanding work from the mound during her 4-year career. The younger Coffin made most of her noise from the pitching circle however, ranking as one of the nations' most prominent strikeout artists in 2014 by averaging 7.58 strikeouts per 7 innings. During her career, daughter Krista won 18 of the Owls 34 victories, 11 of the wins coming with father Coffin at the helm.
"I have always been very appreciative of Peter's attention to detail and effort toward supporting a quality softball program here at UMPI," said Maine-Presque Isle athletic director Paul Stone. "Peter has always represented our University with the utmost professionalism and care. As a graduate and former athletic director, he always had the big picture in mind and was willing to battle head on, the unique challenges of coaching an outdoor spring sport in northern Maine".
Head baseball coach Mike Pankow will run fall workouts until a new softball coach is named. Maine-Presque Isle will open a national search for the new softball coach Immediately. High school coaches, recruits or parents are welcome to call coach Pankow at 207-768-9792 for more information.