Chris Bessey enters his eighth season as University of Maine at Farmington's head baseball coach.
Through his seven seasons at the helm of UMaine-Farmington baseball, the Beavers have shown steady improvement. In 2016 the Beavers won 23 games overall and 15 conference games both all-time school records. In 2015 the Beavers won 17 games, the second-most wins in program history. In 2014, the Beavers earned five All-NAC awards, which is the most conference awards all-time in one season. The 2013 campaign also produced the first North Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year in program history in rookie Ben Keene. Bessey was voted NAC Coach of the Year is 2014.
UMaine-Farmington baseball players under Bessey's tutelage have earned 15 All-NAC awards, including eight First Team All-NAC selections. First baseman Josh Garneau, a First Team All-NAC honoree in 2011, was UMF baseball's first First Team selection since 2004 and paved the way for two more First Team award winners in 2012. In 2017, Sean Cabaniss won the NAC Man of the Year award. The award which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership. From 2015-2017, the baseball program also had three players receive the Senior Scholar-Athlete of the year for UMF Athletics. The award is voted on by head coaches of all sports and given to one player, Joe Sullivan, Sean Cabaniss, and Jordan Croteau were the award recipients.
Bessey returned to Farmington after 14 seasons as the head varsity baseball coach at Jay High School. He amassed 141 wins at Jay and the Tigers won the State Class C championship in 2002 and reached at least the regional semifinals in six seasons.
Additionally, Bessey guided the Jay girls basketball team for eight seasons, claiming a State Class C title in 2009. He previously led the Jay boys basketball team for three years (1999-2001). Following the consolidation of Jay and Livermore Falls high schools, Bessey was named head boys basketball coach of the new Spruce Mountain High School and has held that post since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Bessey attended the University of Maine at Farmington from 1989 to 1993 and was a standout in both baseball and men's basketball. He was inducted into the UMF Athletics Hall of Fame in October of 2010 for his performance as a two-sport student-athlete. In baseball, he held the program's career record in triples and is second in stolen bases. In men's basketball, he is third on the career scoring list at 1,641 points and maintains the standard for career steals.
Bessey graduated from UMaine-Farmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in community health in 1993. Bessey and his two brothers own and operate Bessey Designs in Auburn.
Bessey resides in Jay.