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USM's dedication of baseball field to Flaherty featured by Press Herald

Portland Press Herald image of Coach Ed Flaherty

USM's dedication of its baseball field to longtime coach Ed Flaherty, now in his 32nd year, drew a feature package in the Portland Press Herald including photos, a list career highlights and a detailed story by reporter Mike Lowe.

"I am honored and humbled," said Flaherty, who led the team to two championships. "And I feel a little weird about it. I'm still coaching these guys, and if I stay healthy I'll continue coaching them for a little more."

Flaherty thanked everyone who has helped him, from school administrators (Athletic Director Al Bean in particular) to trainers and groundskeepers, his assistant coaches (including long-time assistants Ed Boyce and Vinnie Degifico), his players and the fans. "I only feel a part of this," he said. "This could be the Southern Maine baseball field."

Athletic Director Al Bean said, "I think what Ed has brought to this institution in terms of the success of the baseball program and the quality of his teaching and coaching, both in his program and in the classes he conducts (Coaching Philosophy and Fundamentals and Coaching Baseball), is just exceptional....He’s had an enormously important impact on countless students in this institution.”

Read the full story here.