In this weeks edition of Meet the Instructor, Maine Hits is happy to introduce our very own Nic Lops, Director of Baseball. Nic is a highly decorated baseball player with many accolades throughout his high school and college career. 

Saint Joseph’s College:

  • 2016 Capital One Academic All-District
  • 2016 ALL-GNAC Second Team
  • 2016 GNAC All-Tournament
  • 2014 NEIBA All-New England Second Team
  • 2014 All-GNAC First Team
  • 2014 NCAA DIII Player to Watch
  • 2012 GNAC Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 GNAC All-Tournament
  • 2012 GNAC Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 2012 NEIBA All-New England Third Team
  • 2012 D3Baseball.com All-New England Third Team
  • GNAC All-Academic (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)

Cheverus High School:

  • 2011 Class A State Champion
  • 2011 First Team All-State
  • 2011 SMAA All-Defense Team
  • 2010 SMAA All-Defense Team

Along with being the director of baseball here at Maine Hits, Nic participates in many other baseball programs around the area. He is an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, the third base coach for the Sanford Mainers, and just lead our showcase division team to the SFBL Championship. Nic was also a former independent professional player participating in the CanAm and Empire leagues.

Here are some questions that might help you get to know who Nic is as a coach and a person: 

HOW LONG HAS BASEBALL BEEN APART OF YOUR LIFE?

Baseball has been a part of my life forever. From the day I started playing T-Ball, I have always believed that baseball is the greatest game in the world.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COACHING FOR?

I have been coaching for about four years now. I began coaching immediately after my career as a player had come to an end. I started at Daniel Webster College as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2016-2017. After that chapter came to a close, I returned home to join my alma mater in 2018 as the assistant coach for Cheverus High School. Currently, I am in my second year with Saint Joseph’s College, working primarily with hitters. I am also the assistant and third base coach of the Sanford Mainers in the NECBL. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW AS A COACH IF YOU ARE DOING AN EFFECTIVE JOB? WHAT ARE YOUR MEASURES?

In the most simple terms, the number of wins, the progress seen among players, and the growth of pure enjoyment for the game. While all three can be good signs of effective coaching, I think you need to go the extra mile. In my opinion, creating a culture of accountability among your program is the best measurement of success. When you see teammates holding each other accountable on and off the field, you have created something special. As a coach, you facilitate this kind of behavior and allow your players to hold each other to the standard that you set for them to follow.   

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN SUCCESS IN YOUR PROFESSION?

Success is too often defined through wins and losses; however, my job as a baseball coach is to prepare young men for the real world. I want to teach my players how to live an honest life. I want them to go on and chase their dreams, create life-long friendships, and become great fathers. I want them to succeed in more ways than just baseball.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

The thing I enjoy most about coaching baseball is the fact that I wake up each day and get to teach life lessons through the game of baseball. There is no better platform in the world to teach young men about respect, failure, and accountability.