GORHAM, Maine - On Friday, April 18, the University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics hosted its second Husky Heroes Event. Husky Heroes provides a forum to honor our championship teams, exceptional student-athletes, faculty and staff members and special friends of the Huskies' athletics program. Husky Heroes intends to recognize and honor NCAA and NAIA All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and student-athletes, coaches and staff members who have gone on to make a difference at the regional and national level.
Huskies' head baseball coach Ed Flaherty has earned numerous honors during his 28 seasons with USM baseball. Flaherty has coached the Huskies' to two NCAA Division III National Championships (1991, 1997) and lead the Huskies' to the national championship game in 2013. Already a member of several Hall of Fame bodies, Flaherty was selected to the 2014 class of the Little East Conference Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Read more about Coach Flaherty below:
With two National Championships, multiple New England Regional titles, Little East Conference trophies and over 800 wins in his career, it's not surprising to learn that legendary Huskies' baseball coach Ed Flaherty has multiple inductions into hall of fames.
Previously inducted into the University of Maine Hall of Fame (1992), the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame (1993) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame (2005), Coach Flaherty can now add Maine State Hall of Fame and Little East Conference Hall of Fame to his impressive resume of accolades.
Heading into the 2014 season, Flaherty has an impressive record of 842-379-4 in 28 years as the Huskies' head coach. During that time, Flaherty has led the Huskies to 13 seasons with 30 or more wins. Twenty-one times during his collegiate coaching career, Flaherty has guided the Huskies into a postseason tournament, including 15 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament (1987-2001). His career winning percentage at the start of the 2014 season ranks him 17th among active NCAA Division III coaches with five or more years of service, and his 842 wins ranks sixth. All-time, Flaherty ranks 26th in winning percentage and 13th in wins. Included among Flaherty's 842 wins are a pair of National Championship trophies. In 1991, the Huskies' first reached the pinnacle of the NCAA Division III baseball in, becoming the first collegiate team from the State of Maine to win a national title. Just six years later, Flaherty and the Huskies' repeated their feat claiming the 1997 National Championship.
Including both National Championships, Flaherty has led the Huskies to seven World Series appearances. Their first trip came in 1989, finishing fourth. Most recently, the Huskies made the trip to Appleton, Wisconsin for the 2013 World Series where USM finished as the National Runner-Up and set a school record for wins in a season with 46.
Because of Coach Flaherty's outstanding coaching ability and leadership, Huskies' baseball has become synonymous with success. He is respected by players and peers alike, serving a one-year term as the president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, and is a past president of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. He was just the third small college (Division Two-Three) coach to serve as ABCA president. He also served as an assistant coach for the USA National Baseball Trials in Homestead, Florida, in 1994.
Flaherty has twice been named the top coach in the nation earning the 1991 and 1997 NCAA Division III National Coach of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and was voted New England Coach of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1991. In addition he has been named Diamond District One Baseball Coach of the Year on three occasions (1989, 1991 and 1992). In 2013, Flaherty earned his seventh Little East Conference Coach of the Year honor.
The Flaherty Years
Year W L T Pct. Postseason
1986 23 14 0 .622 ECAC Championship
1987 29 12 0 .707 NCAA Northeast Regional
1988 22 14 0 .611 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
1989 31 10 0 .756 NCAA Northeast Regional *; NCAA College World Series
1990 26 10 0 .722 NCAA Northeast Regional
1991 38 6 0 .864 NCAA Northeast Regional *; NCAA College World Series *
1992 30 11 0 .732 NCAA New England Regional *; NCAA College World Series
1993 27 12 0 .692 NCAA New England Regional
1994 27 11 0 .710 NCAA New England Regional
1995 25 18 0 .581 ECAC Championship *; NCAA New England Regional
1996 27 11 1 .705 NCAA New England Regional
1997 39 9 0 .813 NCAA New England Regional *; NCAA College World Series *
1998 30 18 0 .625 NCAA New England Regional
1999 36 13 0 .735 NCAA New England Regional
2000 35 14 0 .714 NCAA New England Regional *; NCAA College World Series
2001 37 14 0 .725 NCAA New England Regional *; NCAA College World Series
2002 28 15 1 .648
2003 28 16 0 .636
2004 31 13 1 .700
2005 25 14 0 .641
2006 32 17 0 .653 NCAA New England Regional
2007 27 15 0 .643
2008 36 14 0 .720 NCAA New England Regional
2009 36 9 0 .800 NCAA New England Regional
2010 22 21 1 .511
2011 22 19 0 .537
2012 27 19 0 587 NCAA New England Regional
2013 46 10 0 .821 NCAA New England Regional *' NCAA College World Series ^
Total 842 379 4 .689
* = Champions ^ = National Runners Up