Maryland’s Erik Bakich hired as Michigan baseball coach


Ann Arbor — Erik Bakich, at 34 the youngest head coach among BCS schools, on Wednesday was named Michigan’s new baseball coach.

Bakich was head coach at Maryland the last three seasons and was a Vanderbilt assistant for seven seasons prior to that.

“My wife, son and I could not be more excited to join the Michigan Athletics family and the Ann Arbor community,” said Bakich. “The University of Michigan represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence which will be upheld by our coaches and players every day. Michigan baseball has a storied tradition and I am honored to lead this program back to winning championships. We are eager to attack the recruiting trail and will finalize our coaching staff as quickly as possible.”

Maryland had its second winningest season in program history in 2012 at 32-24, but finished 10-20 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bakich’s three-year record with the Terps was 70-98 record (20-70 ACC).

Bakich is known as an excellent recruiter. At Vanderbilt he was the program’s primary recruiter, and landed David Price, now a star pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Bakich, a 2000 graduate of East Carolina, had a recruiting class ranked in the top 25 by Baseball America at Maryland.

“Coach Bakich is regarded as one of the top recruiters and developers of talent in collegiate baseball,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said. “His leadership and enthusiasm will be critical in restoring our baseball program to a championship level. We are excited about Erik and his family joining Michigan Athletics.”

Bakich and his wife, Jiffy, have a son, Colt.

Bakich’s pitching coach at Maryland, Sean Kenny, has a connection to the Ann Arbor area, attending Pioneer High before pitching at Eastern Michigan. He was with Bakich all three years at Maryland.

Michigan is coming off of its worst two-year stretch in program history, which cost Rich Maloney his job. Maloney returned to his previous job as the head coach at Ball State.

Maloney led Michigan to three straight Big Ten titles (2006-08) and claimed an NCAA regional title in 2007, defeating No. 1 Vanderbilt and Price, and then hosting a regional the following year. But the Wolverines struggled recently, missing the six-team Big Ten tourney three of the last four years.

Kent State coach Scott Stricklin removed himself from consideration for the Michigan job earlier this week.

Stricklin wrote a letter to Kent State fans, saying: “I know some of you have been speculating that the coaching staff might be moving on after our historic season. A certain school up North came calling and we decided that Kent State and what we have built here was too good to leave.”

Stricklin’s comments were published in a story in the Akron Beacon Journal. Stricklin led Kent State to the College World Series earlier this month, defeating No. 1 Florida in Omaha before getting eliminated by two-time defending national champion South Carolina.

Erik Bakich’s Maryland record

2010 — 5-25 ACC, 17-39 overall

2011 — 5-25 ACC, 21-35 overall

2012 — 10-20 ACC, 32-24 overall

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