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Aoki to leave BC for Notre Dame

July 8, 2010

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Boston College baseball coach Mik Aoki has accepted the same position at Notre Dame, according to a source at The Heights.

Notre Dame is conducting a final background check. An announcement is expected next week.

A native of Plymouth, Aoki was 114-104-1 in four years at BC, including a 30-28 record this season, which ended with a 12-2 loss to Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. In 2009, Aoki guided the Eagles to the NCAA Division 1 tourney for the first time in 42 years before losing to top-seeded Texas in an NCAA-record 25 innings.

Jim Wiswall of Stoneham, the father of first-team All-ACC junior first baseman Mickey Wiswall, received a call from Aoki Tuesday evening.

“He’s a good guy with a young family. He owes it to himself to take care of his family, first and foremost,’’ said Wiswall, whose son recently signed with the Seattle Mariners after he was selected in the seventh round of the major league draft in June.

The baseball facilities at BC do not match up with a number of the other programs in the ACC, and “[Aoki] can win more games at Notre Dame than he did at BC and in the ACC,’’ said the source.

Plans for a new baseball field for the Eagles have been discussed for years, with little or no progress. That made recruiting harder for Aoki, but “he still took the program to the next level,’’ said Jim Wiswall.

Aoki will replace Dave Schrage, who went 119-114-1 in four seasons.

LENNY MEGLIOLA

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