Head Coach
Mike Coutts

Mike Coutts was promoted to head coach in the summer of 2015.

Mike Coutts enters his fourth year with the University of Maine softball program, after serving his previous three years as an assistant and the 2014 season as associate head coach. Coutts will work with players in all aspects while focusing in on hitting technique.

Coutts mentored three hitters to over .300 averages in just his second year with the team. Coutts developed junior Jessica Burk to the league's second-highest average as the outfielder hit .384 on the season with 43 hits and four home runs. As a whole, Maine's team average grew from .211 to .257 under Coutts' watch; its highest average since 2011.

In his first year with the Black Bears, Coutts helped all-conference junior Jean Stevens develop into the America East leader with 13 home runs and tied for the league-lead with 38 RBI. Fellow all-conference selection EmJ Fogel also showed high-skill with the bat as she hit a team-leading .305.

University of Maine softball head coach Lynn Coutts announced on Sept. 25, 2012, the hiring of Mike Coutts as assistant coach. Mike Coutts, a former Black Bear baseball team member and assistant Black Bear baseball coach, will focus on working closely with the hitters, infielders and the catchers.

Coutts brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the diamond as he spent the 1987-97 seasons as an associate/assistant baseball coach under the great John Winkin at the University of Maine. During his time assisting at Maine, Coutts helped lead the Black Bears to NCAA Regional Appearances in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993 while coaching 10 future Major League Baseball professionals.

Coutts spent four seasons as a member of the Black Bear baseball team from 1978-81. In 1981, as the team captain, Coutts helped lead the squad to a College World Series appearance. Coutts was named to the Northeast Regional First Team in 1980-81; an All-New England First Team selection in 1981; a Cape Cod Summer League All-Star in 1980 and a Yankee Conference First Team selection from 1979-81.

From 1995-2002, Coutts was the head coach of the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League. While with the Kettleers, Coutts led the team to a pair of league championships in 1995 and 1999. Following the 1995 season, Coutts was named 1995 Cape Cod Coach of the Year. Coutts coached professionals Chase Utley, Garrett Atkins and Mitch Stetter all while they were with the Kettleers.

Following his time in the Cape League, Coutts held head coaching stints in the Alaska Collegiate Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

From 2009-10, Coutts was the head baseball coach at Deering High School in Portland, Maine. While at Deering, Coutts led the team to the 2009 State Championship and a perfect 22-0 record after racking up 50-consecutive victories. At one point, Coutts' Deering squad was ranked as the #50 program in the United States.

Most recently, Coutts was the head coach at Scarborough High School in Scarborough, Maine. While at the helm, Coutts led the team to a Western Maine Championship in 2012.

Since 1997, Coutts has operated the Frozen Ropes Baseball & Softball Training Center in Portland Maine where he has conducted numerous coaching clinics as well as offering one-on-one training in all areas of the game.

Coutts also co-authored "Organization of Indoor Baseball Practice" while producing a video by the same title.

Coutts graduated from the University of Maine in 1982 with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education before earning his Master of Education/Administration in 1989, also from the University of Maine.

Coutts and his wife, former head coach Lynn Coutts, are the parents of two children; son Jackson and daughter Maggie.

Assistant Coach
Jordan Fitzpatrick

Softball head coach Mike Coutts announced the hiring of assistant coach Jordan Fitzpatrick on Nov. 12, 2015.

Fitzpatrick returns to the Black Bears after competing as a student-athlete with the softball team from 2007-10.

"We are extremely happy to have Jordan join our team," commented Coutts. "As a former player, she understands Maine and the challenges we face. Her experience will help our student-athletes achieve their goals in the classroom, in the community and on the athletic field."

Fitzpatrick served as a University of Maine softball camp counselor for three years (2012-14) and was the softball summer camp director in 2009 and 2010.

Following her time as a Black Bear student-athlete, Fitzpatrick went on to serve as a volunteer softball coach at Bangor High School from 2011-13. Fitzpatrick became the assistant varsity softball coach at Bangor in 2013; a role she served until the spring of 2015.

Fitzpatrick received her bachelors of science in childhood development & family relations with a concentration in elementary education from the University of Maine in 2011. Following college, Fitzpatrick became a preschool teacher at Center Drive School in Orrington for four years.