Coutts’ ‘homecoming’ signals good things for UMaine

Wednesday’s announcement that Lynn Coutts is returning to the University of Maine as the head softball coach is a positive development for the program and the athletic department.
Coutts has a strong softball background. She grew up playing in her native Canada, became a star pitcher at UMaine and has been teaching the game to young people ever since.
Still, it’s not just Coutts’ experience and credentials that make her such a great choice for UMaine. Sure, it helps that she has good historical perspective about the Black Bears program.
And having her already plugged into the state’s softball pipeline through her coaching at The Frozen Ropes in Portland gives her an insight on the talent level that’s available in and around Maine.
Most importantly, Coutts will be a charismatic leader for UMaine. She’s friendly, outgoing and engaging.
That will serve her well not only with her players, but also should provide a tremendous boost to how the program is viewed on campus, in the Greater Bangor community and across Maine.
Coutts is the kind of person who makes a great first impression and a lasting one. She seems to come by it naturally and that isn’t lost on those who will soon meet her for the first time.
Score another coup for UMaine athletic director Steve Abbott, who seems intent on bringing in not just accomplished coaches, but great people who will be admired as much for their genuineness and character as their won-lost records.
That dynamic is pivotal in UMaine remaining competitive in all of its varsity sports.

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Pete is a Bangor native who graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1980. He earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He has been a full-time member of the Bangor Daily News Sports staff since 1984. Pete lives in Bangor with his wife of 35 years, Annia. They have two adult sons, Will and Paul. Pete is fluent in Spanish and enjoys visiting his in-laws and friends in Costa Rica. His hobbies including hunting, fishing and listening to jazz.