Head Coach: University of Michigan
Erik Bakich completed his third season as head coach of the University of Michigan baseball program in 2015. Bakich was announced as the 19th head coach in the history of Michigan baseball on June 27, 2012. The upward trend for Michigan baseball continued in 2015 as the Wolverines won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the regionals for the first time since 2008.
Michigan won 39 games in 2015, highlighted by a four-game sweep of the Big Ten Tournament and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Louisville Regional. Bakich coached a first team All-American in Carmen Benedetti (NCBWA) and five All-Big Ten honorees, including first team selections in Benedetti and Jackson Glines. Michigan had four players named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, including Freshman of the Year Jake Bivens. Three Wolverines (Jacob Cronenworth, Glines and Travis Maezes) were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft while Michigan now has eight Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans, the most in the nation in that three-year span.
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. Bakich coached a pair of All-Big Ten honorees (Jackson Glines - 2nd, Travis Maezes - 3rd) and four Academic All-Big Ten selections. Juniors James Bourque and Trent Szkutnik were both picked in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft and freshman Brett Adcock and Carmen Benedetti were named to both the Big Ten All-Freshman and the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America teams.
Assistant Coach/Pitching: University of Michigan
Sean Kenny completed his third season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan baseball program. Kenny is serving as the Wolverines' pitching coach.
Michigan's pitching staff was second in the Big Ten with 513 strikeouts in 2015, which included Brett Adcock's 95 punchouts. Adcock was named an All-Big Ten third team and ABCA All-Region second team selection. Kenny also coached Ryan Nutof and Bryan Pall, who were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team and were Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans.
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.
Assistant Coach/Infielders: University of Michigan
Nick Schnabel completed his third season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan baseball program. Schnabel is the recruiting coordinator for the Maize and Blue as well as working with the Wolverine infielders.
Schnabel helped the Wolverines garner the 20th-best recruiting class in 2013 and were 30th in 2014, according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He also coached infielder Travis Maezes, who was named an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2014 and 2015 and earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as a rookie and Jacob Cronenworth, who was an All-Big Ten second team selection and the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Both Maezes and Cronenworth were selected in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Schnabel was East Carolina's hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons. During his three years with the Pirates, Schnabel mentored six Conference USA selections, including John Wooten and Zach Wright in 2012, and four All-C-USA All-Freshman team members. Four players also earned all-regional honors during his three years at ECU. Off the field, his recruiting efforts helped garner three consecutive Top 50 designations from Collegiate Baseball and a No. 28 ranking by PG Crosschecker in 2011. This past season, Schnabel directed an offense that ranked among Conference USA leaders in hits (626, 1st), batting average (.295, 2nd), RBI (300, 4th), runs (342, 4th), total bases (810, 4th) and home runs (30, 5th). Schnabel also has had six players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft sign with their respective clubs.
Volunteer Assistant Coach/Catchers: University of Michigan
Aaron Etchison completed his third season as the Wolverines' volunteer assistant coach.
Etchison, who was hired on Sept. 6, 2012, assists with the catchers, including Cole Martin. Martin was an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2013 and 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, Ind., native was a captain on the 2012 team that won 32 games, which was a 15-win improvement from 2010. The catcher threw out 14 of 26 base runners last season, which led the Atlantic Coast Conference percentage-wise for players who had enough attempts to qualify. As a junior, Etchison started 25 games for the Terrapins, hitting safely in nine of the team's last 11 games and serving as Maryland's primary catcher the second half of the season.