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Notre Dame officially hires BC's Aoki

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  July 13, 2010 04:07 PM

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The only head baseball coach to lead Boston College to an NCAA Regional since 1967, Mik Aoki has been named the 20th head baseball coach in University of Notre Dame program history.

The Globe first reported the story last Thursday.

"Mik has all the characteristics that were imperative for us in the search for a new head baseball coach," said Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick at a press conference in South Bend to introduce Aoki on Tuesday afternoon.

"He is not only recognized as a top-notch recruiter, but also understands the value of top-caliber student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom."

"Obviously, the University and its reputation speak for itself, but I also truly feel this is one of the premier baseball jobs in America," said Aoki, who was 114-104-1 in four seasons at The Heights. "My enthusiasm to start the recruiting process and bring this program back to its natural place of prominence is immediate."

Aoki brought the BC baseball program into the national forefront after leading the Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament each of the past two seasons (the only two ACC Tournament appearances in school history) and their first NCAA Regional appearance in 42 years (2009).

Aoki coached 28 Major League Baseball draft picks and four free agent signees since his arrival at Boston College in 2004. Three of those draft picks have been first-round selections in Mike Belfiore, Chris Lambert and Tony Sanchez. In addition, 16 of those 28 picks have been pitchers and two (Lambert, Joe Martinez) have reached the Major League level.

Prior to being named Boston College head coach, Plymouth native spent three seasons (2004-06) as pitching coach for the Eagles under current Virginia Tech coach Peter Hughes.

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