Clemson reportedly hires baseball coach away from B1G power
Clemson has reportedly made a major splash with its new head baseball coach.
The Tigers are expected to hire Michigan coach Erik Bakich to lead its program. The hire was first reported by D1baseball’s Kendall Rogers:
🚨BREAKING: @ClemsonBaseball is hiring @umichbaseball's Erik Bakich as its next head coach, sources told @d1baseball earlier on Tuesday. The move also was confirmed on the #Clemson side of things by @MattOnClemson.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 15, 2022
Bakich has spent the last 10 seasons as Michigan’s head coach. He led the Wolverines to 2 Big Ten Tournament Championships and a College World Series appearance in 2019. Michigan made it all the way to the championship series that season, which marks the best season in program history.
Bakich was an assistant at Clemson for one season in 2002 and played at East Carolina, giving him plenty of ties to the region. He was also an assistant at Vanderbilt from 2003-09 and was Maryland’s head coach from 2010-12.
This is a splash hire for the Tigers, who are hoping to jumpstart their program with this move. They parted ways with Monte Lee after a 35-23 season failed to produce a NCAA Tournament berth. Clemson has not hosted a regional since 2018.
This hire also takes a potential candidate off the board for ACC rival Florida State. The Seminoles are on the coaching market after parting ways with Mike Martin Jr. last week.
Bakich went 328-216 during his 10 seasons at Michigan. Prior to his arrival, Michigan had not made the NCAA Tournament 5 times in a 10-year span since the 1980’s.