Michigan hires Bakich, 34, as baseball coach

Dave Brandon announced Wednesday that Maryland’s Erik Bakich has been hired as Michigan’s new baseball coach. Bakich, the 19th head coach in program history, spent the past three seasons at Maryland, where he compiled a 70-90 record.

[MGoBlue.com: Bakich named Michigan head coach]

“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 release. “The University of Michigan represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence which will be upheld by our coaches and players every day. Michigan baseball has a storied tradition and I am honored to lead this program back to winning championships.”

Bakich, 34, is the youngest head baseball coach at any BCS school. Despite his youth, Bakich has coached or recruited to campus 81 players who have been selected in the MLB Draft, including nine first-round picks. His most famous pupil: Tampa Bay’s David Price, who he recruited and coached as a Vanderbilt assistant.

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