Clemson hires Erik Bakich as new head baseball coach

Michigan head coach Erik Bakich returns to the dugout following a meeting on the mound in the...
Michigan head coach Erik Bakich returns to the dugout following a meeting on the mound in the first inning against Rutgers in the NCAA college Big Ten baseball championship game Sunday, May 29, 2022, at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb. Michigan defeated Rutgers 10-4. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)(Rebecca S. Gratz | AP)
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 2:57 PM EDT
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CLEMSON, S.C. (WCSC) - Clemson has found their next head baseball coach.

The Tigers have agreed to a deal with Michigan head coach and former Clemson assistant Erik Bakich to take over the program. Rivals and D1baseball.com were the first to report the move on Tuesday night.

“Our family is thrilled to join the Clemson Athletics family and immerse ourselves in the local community,” Bakich said in a statement. “It was an honor to wear the Clemson uniform 20 years ago as a young coach on Jack Leggett’s staff. I am forever grateful and very appreciative for the opportunity to start coaching at Clemson surrounded by three Hall of Famers and a record-setting team. It is a privilege to serve as a steward of this storied tradition and help lead Clemson Baseball back to prominence competing for ACC Championships, trips to Omaha and our first National Championship.”

The 44-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons as the head coach at Michigan and will now replace Monte Lee who was let go earlier this month after 7 years.

“We are delighted to welcome Erik, Jiffy and their three children back to the Clemson Family,” Clemson Director of Athletics Graham Neff said in a statement. “Erik impressed us with his integrity, his approach to running a program and the emphasis he puts into the student-athlete experience. He knows well the expectations at Clemson, which he contributed to, through his role within the 2002 team and working alongside Jack Leggett, Tim Corbin and Kevin O’Sullivan, among others. I am confident in Erik’s ability to compete for ACC Championships and return to Omaha, and do it the right way.”

In his 10 seasons with the Wolverines, Bakich led Michigan to the NCAA Tournament five times including making it all the way to the championship series in 2019.

Bakich was the consensus national coach of the year in 2019, when he led Michigan to an NCAA runner-up finish and a 50-22 record. He also led it to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, 2017, 2021 and 2022, meaning five of his last seven teams (excluding 2020) advanced to the national tournament. Bakich guided the Wolverines to Big Ten Tournament titles in 2015 and 2022 as well.

Bakich got his start coaching at Clemson in 2002 working as an assistant to Jack Leggett for one season. From there he would move on to Vanderbilt where he spent 7 years working as an assistant under Tim Corbin.

His first head coaching job came in 2010 when he took over at Maryland. He would spent 3 seasons with the Terrapins before moving to Michigan,

Overall, Bakich’s record as a head coach sits at 398-314.

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