Report: Michigan hires Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich
Michigan's search for a new baseball coach appears to be over.
College Baseball Daily reported Wednesday, citing multiple sources, that Michigan has hired Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich to run its program.
The university has made no comment on the coaching vacancy, which came available more than a month ago when the school opted not to renew the contract of coach Rich Maloney.
Kendall Rogers of www.perfectgame.org also reported the hire. Both sites said an official announcement could come as early as Wednesday.
InsideMDSports.com, a Maryland-affiliated 247sports.com site, reported Bakich had been offered a contract worth up to $400,000. As of 2011, Maloney -- per UM records -- made $190,000 as a base salary.
Bakich, who at 34 is the youngest head coach of any BCS school, spent three seasons in charge of the Maryland program -- going a combined 70-98, 20-70 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Under Bakich, the Terrapins finished last in the six-team ACC Atlantic Division in each of his three season.
Maryland's record did improve in each of his three seasons, going from 17 wins in 2010 to 32 wins in 2012.
Known for his recruiting prowess, Bakich's first recruiting class at Maryland was ranked inside Baseball America's Top 25.
Prior to his stop at Maryland, Bakich spent seven seasons as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt -- building Top 25 classes each season.
He played college baseball at San Jose City College and East Carolina before spending one season in the Independent Professional Baseball League.
Bakich's biggest local tie comes in the form of Maryland pitching coach Sean Kenny, a Pioneer High School and Eastern Michigan graduate.
On Wednesday, Kent State coach Scott Stricklin -- who is fresh off a College World Series appearance -- ended any speculation that he might be moving to Ann Arbor, reaffirming his commitment to Kent State.
“I know some of you have been speculating that the coaching staff might be moving on after our historic season," Stricklin wrote in an open letter to fans. "A certain school up North came calling and we decided that Kent State and what we have built here was too good to leave."
Last season under Maloney, Michigan finished 22-34, the second straight sub-.500 record. The program had after finishing with a winning mark in each of Maloney's first eight years.