Vanderbilt baseball assistant to be named head coach at Maryland

Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 7:41pm

Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin confirmed Sunday that assistant coach Erik Bakich has been chosen to be the next head coach at Maryland.

A formal announcement is likely to come Monday.

Bakich, 31, was in the process of reviewing contract details and trying to assemble a staff on Sunday. He did not immediately return a phone call from The City Paper.

“I think it’s a real good job for him,” Corbin said. “He’s young and energetic (and) it’s going to be a grind.

“I think he’s ready, and at this point he’s got enough energy for that particular job.”

Maryland went 27-27 overall in 2009 but was just 10-20 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which includes traditional powers Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and Miami. The 10 victories in conference play were the most since 1972, but Maryland has not qualified for the conference tournament since the league expanded to 12 teams in 2006.

Former coach Terry Rupp resigned May 29 with a 227-271 record (61-183 in conference) in nine seasons.

Bakich has been at Vanderbilt since Corbin was hired in 2003. He has served as the Commodores’ recruiting coordinator, and every class during that time has been ranked among the top 25.

This spring he moved from first-base coach to third-base coach during games after Corbin decided he wanted to remain in the dugout.

“He’s done a really good job,” Corbin said. “We all have a hand in recruiting, but he’s the one who coordinates it. He’s brought a lot of really good players to Vanderbilt.”

Corbin added that he already has started the process of trying to find a replacement. He said the immediate interest has been overwhelming.

“I’ve got a very short list on my mind, but I’ve had some guys call I didn’t expect would call,” Corbin said. “I’m going to take my time, but I can’t take too much time.”