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Baseball coach Thompson accepts position at Duke

Edwin Thompson has accepted a coaching position at Duke University after guiding the Bates baseball team to a 25-11 record in 2010.

LEWISTON, Maine -- After two fruitful years as the head coach of the Bates College baseball team, Edwin Thompson has resigned in order to accept an assistant coaching position at Duke University.

Two-year assistant coach Dave Jordan, who has been involved in all facets of the Bates baseball program, is the acting head coach until a permanent head coach is hired.

Thompson submitted his resignation on Wednesday, and on Monday Duke announced his hiring.

"It was tough to leave Bates," said Thompson. "I wanted to see the players I coached and recruited reach their full potential. The experience was amazing. Bates is a special place and I am so fortunate that Kevin [Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh] gave me an opportunity to be a part of such an amazing place."

After guiding Bates to a 12-22 in his first season at Bates, in 2009, Thompson led the Bobcats to a 25-11 mark in 2010, passing the previous team record by seven victories. Many team batting, pitching and fielding records also fell during the course of the season, which saw the Bobcats come within one win of their first berth in the NESCAC baseball playoffs.

The Bobcats' hitting coach for the past two years, former Poland Regional High School coach Dave Jordan, will serve as the team's interim coach until a permanent coach is hired, hopefully by Nov. 1, McHugh said.

"While we regret Edwin's departure and wish him well, the fact that he is joining the Duke University program is a great reflection on the strides that the Bates baseball program has made. We also expect that the success of Bobcats baseball and its increased visibility will attract a very talented pool of applicants to fill the head baseball coach position."

Thompson said he talked to all Bates team members about his sudden move. "Many of them were a little shocked as things happened so fast, but all of them understood the opportunity to be at one of the best schools in the country and maybe the best baseball conference in the country, so all in all they were very supportive. I feel that they are right on the edge about to push through. I wish I would be there to lead them, but I am sure the next person will be great in continuing what I and my coaching staff started."

In announcing Thompson's hiring, Duke head coach Sean McNally cited Thompson's energy and passion. "He is a tireless worker and has carved out a great reputation with the quick turnaround he engineered at Bates College," McNally said. "His head coaching experience and organized, value driven approach will benefit our players immediately."