The 2016-2017 academic year was kickstarted by a bevy of announcements from Bates’ athletic director Kevin McHugh regarding the filling of head coaching positions at the college.
The men’s and women’s alpine ski team will be coached this year by Bates alumnus Micaela Holland ‘11, who will be replacing her own ski coach while she was an athlete here, Rogan Connell. Connell had been the Alpine coach at Bates for fifteen years. “Hiring an alum always brings with it the hugely positive fact that the coach knows firsthand what our student-athletes experience from the academic rigor to the nuances of the specific athletic program to the campus culture,” said McHugh in an email. Holland was a three-time national collegiate ski championship competitor during her collegiate career as a Bobcat, and served as team captain her junior and senior years.
McHugh announced prior to the beginning of classes this year that the baseball team will be coached by Jon Martin, the head coach at Vassar College for the previous ten years. This move came about in light of former Bates’ former baseball coach Mike Leonard’s move to Middlebury this summer. “Jon worked for 13 years at an institution very similar to Bates in terms of its academic standing but also in terms of it values – Vassar prizes scholarship, inclusion, diversity and community engagement and Jon and his teams were actively involved in those areas,” said McHugh of Martin preparedness for working at a liberal arts institution like Bates.
The Bates community also mourned the passing of Robert C. Flynn this past summer, a 4 sport coach and long time community member. Flynn had been the golf coach for nineteen years. The golf team will now be managed by James Upham, the current assistant nordic ski team coach, as well as golf pros Nick Glicos and Kyle Bourassa from Martindale Country Club in Auburn Maine.