Erik Bakich leaves Maryland to take baseball coaching job at Michigan
By By Zach Helfand
The Baltimore Sun|
Jun 27, 2012 | 5:45 PM
Erik Bakich resigned as Maryland baseball coach Wednesday to accept the same position at Michigan. The Terps will immediately begin a search for a new coach, led by deputy athletics director Nathan Pine.
"I would like to congratulate Erik and thank him for the job he has done in laying a foundation for success over the past three years," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a news release. "While we're sorry to see Erik go, we are confident we can bring in someone who will represent our values at Maryland and who can continue the positive momentum we have built in our program. I wish Erik and his family all the best in this next chapter of their life."
Bakich, at 34 the youngest coach at any school in the major six conferences, turned a struggling program into a winner over three years. Maryland's 32-24 record in 2012 represented the second-most victories in school history.
On the recruiting trail, Bakich pulled in a top-25 class in his first year, according to Baseball America, and again this year according to Perfect Game. Bakich — who had a 70-98 overall record with the Terps — has recruited or coached 81 players that were drafted in his 11 years at Maryland and as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt.
"My wife, son and I could not be more excited to join the Michigan Athletics family and the Ann Arbor community," Bakich said in a statement released by Michigan. "The University of Michigan represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence which will be upheld by our coaches and players every day."