By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish has parted ways with baseball coach Mik Aoki. The school made the announcement on Saturday morning.
The school has announced a national search will begin immediately to find a new head coach for the 2020 season. The new coach would be the 21st in program history.
“I’m grateful to have worked with Mik over the last decade during our transition to the ACC,” Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Swarbrick said. “He has been a great representative of this university and its athletics program, and his passion for the student-athletes and our community over his tenure were evident to everyone he met.
“We wish Mik and his family nothing but the best as he continues his coaching career.”
He had been the school’s baseball coach since the 2011 season. During his tenure, the team went 248-253-1.
In his final season at the school, the team went 24-30. The team had a 13-17 conference record.
His best season at Notre Dame came in 2015. He guided the team to a 37-23 record and an NCAA Regional berth.
“My family and I are disappointed that the Notre Dame chapter of our lives has come to a close, but we are looking forward to what comes next,” Aoki said. “We are grateful to the University, (University President) Father (John) Jenkins and Jack (Swarbrick) for the opportunity to have coached here and to be a part of the Notre Dame and greater South Bend community.”
Before being hired by Notre Dame, he was the Boston College Eagles head coach. He had a 114-108-1 record in four seasons.
He also spent five seasons as the Columbia Lions head coach. He went 87-140 during his time there.