"For more than a decade, Craig has provided stalwart leadership to the Bates baseball program while also contributing quality support and guidance as an assistant football coach," said Bates Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh. "He has been a model colleague as well as a valued friend to many in the athletic department, and his service is greatly appreciated. We wish Craig and his family all the best as he pursues his new opportunity."
Vandersea joined the Bates athletic department as assistant football and baseball coach in 1998. He became the baseball team's 19th head coach for the 2000 season, and compiled a 92-175 record over nine years. The Bobcats went 14-21 in 2008, their highest victory total since 1993. Vandersea served in a variety of capacities on the Bates football coaching staff, most recently as the running backs coach.
"I want to thank Bates for giving an opportunity to a young coach 10 years ago. I've enjoyed working with the baseball and football programs and I've made a lot of friends at Bates," said Vandersea. "It's been my extremely good fortune to coach many great student-athletes here, and I wish the baseball and football programs the best."
A national search for Vandersea's replacement will begin immediately.