(This report first appeared on SEC Country)
Michigan’s Erik Bakich is expected to get an interview with South Carolina baseball for its vacant head coaching job, according to a source.
Bakich led Michigan to a 40-win season and a regional appearance in 2017. During his tenure in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines have reached two NCAA Tournaments and won a Big Ten Tournament title in 2015. Bakich is familiar with the SEC, having served as an assistant at Vanderbilt from 2003-09 and also has experience in South Carolina from serving as a volunteer coach at Clemson in 2002. Athletic director Ray Tanner is handling the coaching search for South Carolina after Chad Holbrook’s resignation. He stressed Wednesday that he is seeking a coach that understands what South Carolina baseball culture is about.
“You always hear about the cliché of someone who fits,” Tanner said. “I think that can be used broadly, but someone who understands it. And maybe who has experienced it one way or another, being in this region or in the Southeast. That’s not to say we are limited by the geography, but someone who understands what South Carolina baseball and the brand is about.”
Bakich played at East Carolina and was the coach at Maryland before taking over at Michigan.
Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan also is being reported as a strong candidate for the opening with South Carolina baseball. The Gators are hosting Wake Forest in the Super Regionals this weekend.
Holbrook resigned on Tuesday after five years at the helm for the Gamecocks. Holbrook spent four years as an assistant on Tanner’s staff, coaching on two national championship teams.