landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
As expected, new Michigan baseball head coach Erik Bakich has officially announced the hiring of Sean Kenny and Nick Schnabel as assistant coaches. Kenny will be the pitching coach, while Schnabel has been named recruiting coordinator.
Also, Jim Russ of the Detroit News has an extensive interview with Bakich, published under the title Aggressive baseball will be trademark of Erik Bakich's Michigan program. It doesn't sound as if anyone is going to outwork Bakich, who says:
"I don't have any hobbies. I try to be the best husband and father that I can be, and outside of that I'm going to spend 100 percent of my time making sure that Michigan baseball returns to a championship level."
Only one "tremendous" from Bakich in the interview, but he did say "this is Michigan" twice.
For some further background on Bakich's decision to leave Maryland for the Michigan job, the Washington Post has an article worth reading titled Maryland looking for new baseball coach amid uncertain financial situation. The financial difficulties of Maryland's athletic department clearly played a role, and in the end Maryland wasn't able to match the deal that Michigan offered:
“There were some things that I felt like in order to advance the baseball program [at Maryland], the resources and the support would probably need to be increased a little bit,” Bakich said Thursday in a telephone interview. “I’m extremely sensitive and aware and understanding of the athletic department’s struggles, so I completely understand the decision of not being able to commit those resources at this time.”
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“My family, my wife and I are extremely grateful and pleased with the commitment the [Michigan] athletic department has made to our baseball program and to our coaching staff,” Bakich added.
Michigan “put together a pretty attractive package, which we weren’t able to match. These things happen, and I’m really sorry to see Erik leave,” said Bob “Turtle” Smith, a 1963 Maryland baseball alum and one of the program’s most significant boosters.