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KCT on Campus: Aoki named Notre Dame head coach

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 13, 2010

From The College Baseball Blog:

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

“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. “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.”

“I am so excited about the opportunity to be the next head baseball coach at the University of Notre Dame,” said Aoki. “Obviously, the University and its reputation speak for itself, but I also truly feel this is one of the premier baseball jobs in America. Notre Dame possesses the perfect combination of academics and athletics. We have absolutely everything in place to compete at the highest level. My enthusiasm to start the recruiting process and bring this program back to its natural place of prominence is immediate.”

Aoki was introduced Tuesday at press conference in the Joyce Center Monogram Room.

Aoki arrives in South Bend after a four-year stint in as the Eagles’ head coach. He brought the Boston College 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).

In 2009, the Eagles nearly knocked off number-one national seed Texas in an NCAA-record 25-inning game that would have propelled them to the finals of the ’09 Austin Regional and given Boston College a great chance at reaching its first Super Regional in program history.

The Aoki File

Prior to being named Boston College head coach, Aoki, a Plymouth, Mass. native, spent three seasons (2004-06) as pitching coach for the Eagles. In 2004, he oversaw a staff that had five pitchers sign professional contracts at season’s end.

Prior to his arrival in Chestnut Hill, Aoki spent five years (1999-2003) as Columbia head coach, leading the Lions to an 87-140 mark during that span. His teams won 20 or more games in each of his last three seasons. Before the Aoki era, the Lions had not posted a 20-win season since 1987.

Before assuming his duties at Columbia, Aoki spent four years (1995-98) as assistant coach at Dartmouth. In that position, he focused his efforts on the team’s infielders and hitters, while also serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

He began his coaching career in 1992 as head coach at Manchester (Conn.) Community College, then served two seasons (1993-94) as an assistant coach at Ohio University.

Born Oct. 7, 1968, in Yokohama, Japan, and raised in Plymouth, Mass., Aoki attended Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. He earned four letters and started for three years in baseball at Davidson (1987-90), as a second baseman, third baseman and catcher. He still ranks among the school’s career leaders in slugging percentage (.547, eighth) and batting average (.335, ninth). In his senior season (1990), he finished with a team-leading .365 batting average. He stroked 20 doubles in his final season, second most in a single year in Davidson history. He also cracked 13 home runs in 1988, fifth-best total in a single season at Davidson. Two of those homers were grand slams – and only six other players in Davidson history have hit two grand slams in a season.

Aoki owns an undergraduate degree from Davidson in english (1990) and a master’s degree from Ohio University in physical education in athletic administration (1994).

Aoki played one summer of professional baseball in the Netherlands – for the HCAW Tigers of the Dutch Major League — following his graduation.

Mik and his wife, Sue, have three children – son, Kai (5), and daughters Bryn (2) and Reese (six months).

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