NEIBA to Induct Flaherty into Hall of Fame
GORHAM, Maine -- The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) this week announced it third class of Hall of Fame inductees to be enshrined on May 31 at the annual NEIBA All-Star game at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn. Among this year's inductees will be long-time University of Southern Maine head coach Ed Flaherty.
Flaherty will be joined in the NEIBA's 2019 Hall of Fame class by Tufts University head coach John Casey and former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth coach Bruce Wheeler.
Preparing for his 34th season at the helm of the USM baseball program, Flaherty has compiled a 1,004-450-4 career record (.690 W-L pct.) and guided the Huskies to two NCAA Division III national titles and five Little East Conference championships. He has been named LEC Coach of the Year nine times. He earned his 1,000th career win on May 2, 2018, when USM defeated Bates College 10-3.
During his 33 seasons at USM, Flaherty has guided the Huskies to 24 NCAA regional tournament appearances and eight NCAA Division III College World Series berths. Among their eight NCAA Division III College World Series appearances, the Huskies won the national title in 1991 and 1997, and were runner-up in 2013.
Flaherty led his 2013 team to a school record 46 wins, and sixteen times in his career the Huskies have reach 30-or-more wins in a season. Twenty-eight of his players have earned 40 ABCA Division III All-America citations, and two players, Tucker White (2013) and Sam Dexter (2015), have been named the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award winners as the Division III National Player of the Year.
The NEIBA Hall of Fame induction will be the sixth Hall of Fame for Flaherty. He was previously inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 2005, the Little East Conference Hall of Fame in 2013, and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
USM honored Flaherty in 2017 by renaming the baseball field as Ed Flaherty Field.
Flaherty joined the USM coaching staff in the fall of 1985 as the school's first women's soccer head coach and baseball head coach.