This week’s podcast guest joined us from Orono, Maine: fifth-year head coach of the Maine Black Bears, Nick Derba.
Derba has the Black Bears on an upward trajectory toward contending for an America East Conference title. Last year, Maine opened the America East playoffs with a win over top-seeded Stony Brook before eventually falling in the conference semifinals. Three of his players — Nick Sinacola, Sean Lawlor and Alex McKenney — signed pro contracts after the season.
Unlike some other D1 coaches, Derba does not view the NCAA Transfer Portal as a problem with college athletics. In fact, he embraces it.
When Maine plays its Feb. 18 opener at LSU, Brett Erwin is a definite candidate to take the ball. The righty was an All-Big West Honorable Mention reliever as a freshman at UC Davis before spending three years starting on Fridays.