Bakich Becomes Maryland Head
Vanderbilt assistant Erik Bakich has been named
head coach at Maryland, becoming the sixth skipper in its
Bakich has worked with the Commodores the past
seven seasons and has helped head coach Tim Corbin recruit Top
25 classes each year. Vanderbilt had the top-ranked class in
2005 and second-ranked class in 2008.
Along with recruiting duties, Bakich was hitting
coach and worked with the outfielders at Vanderbilt. In 2004,
the team batting average for the Commodores rose from .258 to
.304, the highest increase in program history. Vanderbilt was in
the top three in SEC team batting three of the past four years.
Bakich was a volunteer assistant at Clemson in
2002, helping with recruiting as well as working with the
outfielders and infielders. The Tigers reached the College World
Series that season.
After transferring from San Jose City College in
California, Bakich played two seasons at East Carolina. He
helped the Pirates win consecutive Colonial Athletic Association
crowns in 1999 and 2000. Bakich batted .315 with 14 home runs
and 85 RBI in two seasons in Greenville.
Bakich graduated from ECU in 2000 with a degree
in Exercise and Sports Science. He played in the Independent
Professional Baseball League until 2001. Bakich returned to East
Carolina as assistant strength and conditioning coach for one
Bakich replaces Terry Rupp, who resigned May 29
after nine seasons with the Terps.
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