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Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich leaving for Michigan

UPDATED THURSDAY 1:10 P.M.: Assistant coach Eric Milton has been promoted to interim head coach, Maryland announced Thursday. Milton played in College Park from 1994 to 1996 and had an 11-year major league career, winning 89 games with the Twins, Phillies, Reds and Dodgers. He was an American League all-star in 2001.

ORIGINAL POST: The University of Michigan announced Wednesday that it has hired Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich to fill its head coaching vacancy.

“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 statement released by Michigan. “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. We are eager to attack the recruiting trail and will finalize our coaching staff as quickly as possible. Go Blue!”

Bakich, at 34 the youngest baseball coach at any BCS-conference school, coached the Terrapins for three seasons, compiling a 70-98 record (20-70 in ACC play). Maryland finished 32-24 this season — an 11-win improvement over 2011, its third-ever season with at least 30 victories and only its fourth winning season since 1991 — but failed to qualify for the eight-team ACC tournament and was not selected for its first NCAA tournament berth since 1971.

The Terrapins started strong, taking 2 of 3 games in a season-opening series at No. 14 UCLA and beginning the season 11-1. Maryland also scored an 8-5 win over No. 1 Florida State on May 7.

Michigan parted ways with Rich Maloney in May. The Wolverines finished 22-34 and 8-16 in the Big Ten, good for 10th in the league last season. Over 10 seasons, Maloney led Michigan to three Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten tournament titles and four straight NCAA touranment appearances from 2005 to 2008. However, the Wolverines have not made the six-team Big Ten tournament since 2008.

Maryland will now look to hire its fourth head coach since 2000.

“I would like to congratulate Erik and thank him for the job he has done in laying a foundation for success over the past three years," Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “While we’re sorry to see Erik go, we are confident we can bring in someone who will represent our values at Maryland and who can continue the positive momentum we have built in our program. I wish Erik and his family all the best in this next chapter of their life.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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