• Guided Michigan to the 2015 Big Ten Tournament title
  • Top-30 Recruiting Classes in 2013 and 2014

Erik Bakich

“I believe championships and champions are a cultural byproduct of elite recruiting and full potential development. Both center around attracting and maximizing the important combination of student, athlete and person. Everyone within our program is challenged with ‘being the highest and best version of himself,’ and this standard of excellence is the expectation in everything we do across all disciplines. I believe the scoreboard takes care of itself when the focus is on detailed preparation, controlling the controllables, the process of daily improvement, and making a competition out of everything. I surround myself with high-energy, positive people and expect everyone's best effort and attitude all the time. ‘Champions behave like champions before they become champions.’ This quote is a good summation of my teaching and coaching philosophy as it relates to consistently raising the bar to be your best.”

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Coach Bio

Erik Bakich was named Michigan’s 19th head baseball coach on June 27, 2012. Michigan won the 2015 Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Louisville Regional. The Wolverines finished in a tie for third place in the league and had six All-Big Ten honorees and the conference's Freshman of the Year in Jake Bivens. 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. In Bakich's first season in Ann Arbor, he guided the Maize and Blue to 29 wins and a 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.

Bakich 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. He also held assistant coaching jobs at Vanderbilt (2003-09) and Clemson (2002). Bakich helped his alma mater, East Carolina, to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships and No. 1 seeds at NCAA Regionals in 1999 and 2000.

Fun Fact

While at Vanderbilt, Bakich recruited and coached David Price, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft and is currently a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.

Career Highlights

  • 2 - Recruiting classes in the top-30 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
  • 7 - Draft picks in 2013 and 2014 that have chosen to attend Michigan
  • 8 - Freshman All-Americans in the past 3 years
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Assistant Coaches

Sean Kenny

Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach

Sean Kenny joined the Michigan baseball coaching staff in 2012, and serves as the Wolverines’ pitching coach. The U-M pitching staff led the Big Ten with 440 strikeouts and 24 pickoffs in 2014, while the team ERA of 3.21 was third in the league. Kenny guided freshman Brett Adcock to Big Ten All-Freshman team and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors.

 

In his first season in Ann Arbor, Kenny coached Evan Hill, a Big Ten All-Freshman team selection and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
An Ann Arbor native and Pioneer High School grad, Kenny comes to U-M after spending three seasons with Bakich as the University of Maryland’s pitching coach. He was also an assistant at Pepperdine (2004-09), San Diego (1999-2003) and Saint Mary’s (1997) in California.

Nick Schnabel

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Nick Schnabel joined the Michigan program in 2012 and is the recruiting coordinator for the Maize and Blue. He also works with the Wolverine infielders. Schnabel helped the Wolverines garner the 20th-best recruiting class in 2013, according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He also coached shortstop Travis Maezes, who was named an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2014 and earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as a rookie.
Schnabel was East Carolina’s hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons. Prior to his appointment at ECU, Schnabel served for two seasons as the hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third base coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He spent two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy, serving as Army’s hitting instructor while working with their infielders and overseeing the club’s defensive alignment.

Aaron Etchison

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Aaron Etchison, the Wolverines’ volunteer assistant coach, joined the U-M staff in the fall of 2012. Etchison assists with the catchers, including 2014 graduate Cole Martin, an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2013 who threw out 32 base runners in his final two years in the Maize and Blue. Etchison comes to Ann Arbor after a two-year playing career at the University of Maryland. The Pendleton, Indiana, native was a captain on the 2012 team that won 32 games, which was a 15-win improvement from 2010.