Erik Bakich named Coach of the Year by D1Baseball.com
Erik Bakich has received more national acclaim following Michigan’s unprecedented run in the College World Series.
The Wolverines head baseball coach was named the National Coach of the Year by D1Baseball.com, the second time this year he’s received the honor. Bakich was also named the National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association during the College World Series.
Bakich led Michigan to a 50-22 record, the most wins for the program since 1987.
Michigan was one of the final five teams to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament this season, but took advantage of the opportunity. The Wolverines won the Corvallis Regional and followed up with a 2-1 series win over No. 1 seed UCLA to advantage to the College World Series. It was the program’s first appearance since 1984.
Success on the diamond continued in Omaha for the Wolverines, winning their first three games of the College World Series — defeating Texas Tech twice and Florida State once — to advance to the championship series. They then knocked off No. 2 Vanderbilt in Game 1, sitting just one win away from a national championship.
Michigan dropped the final two games to the Commodores, though, ending a magical run short of a national title.
Bakich completed his seventh season in Ann Arbor. Michigan has finished with a winning record every year, and this season marked the third time the program earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament since he took over in 2013.