Erik Bakich

Head Coach

University of Michigan

Erik Bakich completed his third season as head coach of the University of Michigan baseball program in 2015. Bakich was announced as the 19th head coach in the history of Michigan baseball on June 27, 2012. The upward trend for Michigan baseball continued in 2015 as the Wolverines won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the regionals for the first time since 2008.

Michigan won 39 games in 2015, highlighted by a four-game sweep of the Big Ten Tournament and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Louisville Regional. Bakich coached a first team All-American in Carmen Benedetti (NCBWA) and five All-Big Ten honorees, including first team selections in Benedetti and Jackson Glines. Michigan had four players named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, including Freshman of the Year Jake Bivens. Three Wolverines (Jacob Cronenworth, Glines and Travis Maezes) were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft while Michigan now has eight Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans, the most in the nation in that three-year span.

The 2014 edition of the Michigan baseball team won 30 games and finished in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference. U-M also advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, winning a pair of games in that tournament for the first time since 2008. Bakich coached a pair of All-Big Ten honorees (Jackson Glines - 2nd, Travis Maezes - 3rd) and four Academic All-Big Ten selections. Juniors James Bourque and Trent Szkutnik were both picked in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft and freshman Brett Adcock and Carmen Benedetti were named to both the Big Ten All-Freshman and the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America teams.

In Bakich's first season in Ann Arbor, he guided the Maize and Blue to 29 wins and 14-10 record in the Big Ten, good for a tie for fifth place. That was a seven-game overall and a six-game conference improvement from 2012. Also, the Wolverines returned to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2010. Bakich coached three All-Big Ten honorees (Michael O'Neill - 1st, Jacob Cronenworth - 2nd, Cole Martin - 3rd) and four Academic All-Big Ten selections. O'Neill also was an ABCA All-Mideast Region first team selection and a third round pick by the New York Yankees in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. A trio of freshmen (Cronenworth, Travis Maezes and Evan Hill) earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors and were Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans.

Bakich (pronounced back-itch) came to Ann Arbor after spending three years as the head coach at the University of Maryland. He led the Terrapins to a 32-24 record in 2012, which was a 15-win improvement from his first season in College Park. Maryland started the season by taking 2-of-3 games at UCLA, which went on to earn a No. 2 national seed and a berth in the College World Series. The Terps also enjoyed wins over Purdue, East Carolina and St. John's in the non-conference slate and North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, N.C. State and Florida State in Atlantic Coast Conference action. Maryland had a 3.21 team earned-run average, which was third in the ACC. Bakich also had four players drafted from the 2012 team in this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, including Alfredo Rodriguez, who was picked in the 17th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bakich was the assistant coach at Vanderbilt University from 2003-09, serving as the Commodores' recruiting coordinator as well as being the hitting coach and working with the outfielders. Under Bakich's assistance, Vanderbilt was 276-157 in his seven seasons in Nashville. That included a 54-win team in 2007 and two seasons of 40-plus wins (45 in 2004; 41 in 2008). In his first year at Vandy, Bakich helped the Commodores reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament, something they had not done in eight years prior to his arrival. Vandy then advanced to a Super Regional in the 2004 season after winning the Charlottesville Regional. While at Vanderbilt, Bakich recruited and coached David Price, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft and finished second in voting for the 2010 Cy Young Award as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Bakich also hauled in top-25 recruiting classes all seven years, including the top-ranked class in 2005 and the second-ranked class in 2008. 

Bakich began his college coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Clemson in 2002. There, he worked with the Tigers' outfielders and infielders as well as assisted in Clemson's recruiting efforts. In Bakich's one season at Clemson, the Tigers went 54-17 and advanced to the College World Series.

Bakich and his wife, Jiffy, have two sons, Colt and Beau and a daughter, Tempie.