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Good Sport: Mr. and Mrs. Coach… Mike and Lynn Coutts Guide UMaine Softball Back 

Eric Gullickson

ORONO (WABI TV5/CW) The UMaine softball program wasn’t very good a few years ago.  Two coaches in a row had been let go and they needed a change.  That change happened five years ago and tomorrow the Black Bears will play in the NCAA tournament. Our good sports are excellent coaches… Lynn and Mike Coutts.

I’m here to win I’m here to win I’m here to win at everything I’m here to win on the field and in the classroom.

Lynn was one of the best players ever here. She was hired after the previous two coaches were not rehired. From turmoil to a title. But last year Lynn took a position in athletic administration. She’s now the pitching coach…. and the head coach is her husband Mike.

I told him he would be a head coach some day but didn’t tell him it would be for softball.

Mike had been a baseball guy…. a Umaine captain and assistant coach with John Winkin. When Winkin left in 1997, he wanted the job and it took awhile to get passed being snubbed.

You know Tim I think it took longer than it should have. There were a lot of things during that time that I didn’t understand. And when I finally got over it, others weren’t over it, and some still talk about it today.

But today they are likely talking more about this NCAA appearence that both Mike and Lynn are enjoying.

She says you made the NCAA tournament but she bought the groceries. Ha, it doesn’t matter how we got there. Thats fine with me she can keep buying them.

I think it was a great team effort on their part she did a great job recruiting and he did a great job coaching us this year and letting us buy into his message and we would all run through a brick wall for him we care about him that much.

Janelle Bouchard is the conference player of the year. Alyssa Derrick, the rookie of the year.

We come here win a championship its just life changing.

Erin Bogdanovich the pitcher of the year is from South Portland… the junior one of many who became stars this year.

The Coutts from Maine its such an honor to play for him.

The honor is also for this former baseball guy.

When the timing is right for things you say lets give it a shot. Its worked out for me.

He coaches the athlete he coaches the person.

He gives us confidence and we have confidence in his as well its just a joy being able to play for him.

And now Mike and Lynn have new names on the field.

Because they are both coach Coutts and you can’t say coach without both turning around so Mr Coach and Mrs Coach just made more sense.

You can call them Mr and Mrs Coach or conference champion.

Coaching together is simple its the way we live our life we like being together married people should like being together and we could be happily ever after.

The Black Bears will meet Georgia tomorrow in their opener at the NCAA regional in Athens, Georgia. First pitch between UMaine and the Bulldogs is slated for 3:30 pm.