All staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville are reviewed and appointed according to the best candidates for the position. Each candidate must pass a back ground test and go through an extensive interview process before hired. We take pride on recruiting the best youth mentors into our organization as we know the impact on our youth is so important. Our baseball coaches under the leadership of Coach Greg King and Matt Kinney are picked according to the above but also come to the New England Baseball Camp with the exceptional knowledge of the game along with the passion to coach. Staff join our team from local colleges and high schools.
Coach Greg King
Thomas College Baseball Coach Greg King is a native of Benton, Maine graduated from the University of Maine in 1991, with a bachelor's in secondary education. In 1993, King earned his master's from the University of Maine in health, physical education and recreation and completed his doctorate at the United States Sports Academy in 2011.
Hired in 1996, King faced the difficult task of resurrecting a baseball program that had been absent from the College for 10 years. Under Coach King's guidance, the Terriers doubled their win total for three consecutive seasons. After winning only two games in 1997, the Terriers won four games in 1998, eight games in 1999 and 17 games during the 2000 season.
Following the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Coach King was named the Maine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. After only five seasons, King led the Terriers to the NAIA New England Championship. From 2001 to 2005 he led the Terriers to four consecutive appearances in the conference championship, winning three out of four. The most recent conference championship came in 2004 when the Terriers won the 2004 North Atlantic Conference baseball championship. King also won his 100th game during the 2005 baseball season.
In 2006, 2011, and 2012 King was named the NAC Coach of the Year.
While at UMaine, King played for legendary coach Dr. John Winkin, earning three letters. During his senior year, he was a member of the 1991 Black Bear team that finished the season with a 48-18 record and was ranked 17th in the country. Upon graduation, King pursued his master's and served as an assistant coach at UMaine for three seasons.
For four summers, King served as the head coach for the Hyannis Mets of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball league, leading them to a playoff appearance in 2003. He also was an assistant coach for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 1995, the Cotuit Ketleers in 2003 and the Bangor Blue Ox Professional Baseball Club in 1997.
For the past two summers, King has served as an assistant coach with the Harwich Mariners working primarily with the hitters and outfielders. The 2011 Mariner team won the Cape Cod League championship and featured four first-round draft picks in the 2012 MLB draft. The 2012 team set a record for most wins by the organization, finished first in the Eastern Division, and set a new Cape Cod League homerun record with 62 home runs in 44 games. He will rejoin the Mariner coaching staff for the 2013 Cape Cod Baseball League season.
King has been an instructor at a number of sports clinics, including the Thomas Baseball Camp, the University of Maine Baseball Camp, the American Collegiate Baseball Academy and the Dale Plummer Professional Baseball Experience. King’s passion is to help improve the quality of baseball throughout the state of Maine, especially the Central Maine area.
Coach Matt Kinney
Kinney was drafted out of Bangor High School in the sixth round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins along with John Barnes for Orlando Merced and Greg Swindellin July 1998. Kinney made his MLB debut in 2000 with the Twins, going 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA in 8 starts. In 2002,he had just a 4.64 ERA with the Minnesota Twins, but went 2-7 that year. He was traded in the 2002 off-season to the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2003 and 2004 with the Brewers, he combined for a 13-17 record. On August 6,2004, Kinney was designated for assignment by the Brewers and was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals. He made 11 relief appearances with the Royals that season. During the 2007-2008 off season, Kinney signed with the Saitama Seibu Lions, playing in Japan fora single season. Kinney returned to the United States in 2009 to play with the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
After 16-years playing Professional Baseball, Matt Kinney transitioned into coaching. Most recently, Kinney has served as a pitching coach at high schools in Arizona and the Head Coach to the Vipers, a club baseball team for ages 12-14. After a few years in Arizona, Kinney and his family returned to Maine to raise his two boys ages.
Currently, Matt Kinney is the Head Coach of Hermon High School. He has a straightforward coaching philosophy. He believes that the biggest aspect of sports is attitude and effort. He has been quoted saying “I want them to play hard and have a good attitude, Baseball is a game of failure. You have to deal with adversity and move forward.”
Graduated Thomas College 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Small Business management/Entrepreneurship; M.B.A in 2008
Pitched 151 innings, struck out 206 batters
Earned Run Average of 1.02 for the Season 1st Team All-Conference
2nd Team All-Conference in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC)
Won NAC tournament, MVP, leading Thomas College to win the 2004 NAC Championship
NAC 2nd Team All-Conference
Sunrise Athletic Conference (SAC) Rookie of the Year
SAC 1st Team All Conference
Threw a no-hitter in the 2003 SAC Championship game to win the SAC title for Thomas College