College baseball coaches with UMF ties making mark at Division I programs

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Georgetown University baseball coach Edwin Thompson looks on during a game against St. John’s last month in Washington, D.C. Photo provided by Georgetown University/Rafael Suanes

It wasn’t just the potential for immediate playing time that convinced Tyler Hanson to join the University of Maine at Farmington baseball team in 2006, although it was part of the sales pitch from assistant coach Edwin Thompson. More important, Hanson recalled, was Thompson’s enthusiasm, his joie de baseball. That’s what captivated Hanson, who at the time was a senior at Sanford High School. The passion for baseball exhibited by Thompson and UMF head coach Dick Meader was contagious and set Hanson off on a career in the game.

“Just (Thompson’s) energy,” Hanson said. “Every time we spoke on the phone or I saw him, he had so much energy.”

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