CORBIN ANNOUNCES BASEBALL COACHING STAFF 7/12/02
Head Coach Tim Corbin
Vanderbilt baseball head coach Tim Corbin has announced his
2002-2003 coaching staff. Joining the new Commodore skipper
will be Eric Bakich, Derek Johnson and Michael Holder.
Bakich was alongside Corbin last season at Clemson as a volunteer
coach on Jack Leggett's Tiger coaching staff. Bakich will
head Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts as well as instruct outfielders
"Eric brings a lot to the program," Corbin said. "He is a
high energy guy with a great knowledge of the game who loves
to get on the road and recruit. When I began to put together
a staff here it was important to get him on board."
Bakich joined Clemson prior to the 2002 season after working
as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at East Carolina.
A talented collegiate player at East Carolina, Bakich was
a key member of Pirates' squads that won consecutive Colonial
Athletic Association championships in 1999 and 2000. The two-year
letterman earned All-CAA honors as an outfielder in 2000 after
posting a .315 batting average with 14 home runs and 85 RBI.
Bakich graduated from East Carolina in 2000 with a degree
in Exercise and Sports Science.
Bakich started his collegiate career at San Jose City College
in San Jose, Calif., where he lettered as a third baseman
from 1997-1998. He took All-Conference and All-Northern California
honors as a sophomore, batting .452.
Two years ago Bakich signed a professional contract with
the Springfield Capitals of the Frontier League in the Independent
Professional Baseball League. He played professional baseball
into 2001 before taking the assistant strength coach position
at East Carolina.
Corbin maintained the services of Johnson and Holder from
the staff of former head coach Roy Mewbourne. Johnson, who
came to Vanderbilt in the summer 2001, will continue his responsibilities
as the Commodores' pitching coach. Including his four years
as pitching coach at Stetson, Johnson has coached four pitchers
to Freshmen All-American honors, including Vanderbilt left-hander
Jeremy Sowers last season. At Stetson, he was instrumental
in the success of two-time All-American Lenny DiNardio.
"I spoke to several people and they all liked Derek a great
deal," Corbin said. " He has a great knowledge of pitching.
Several pitchers have done very well under him and the players
are very comfortable working with him. He also has several
years of experience as a recruiter."
Holder, who joined the Commodore staff prior to the 2002
season, will continue to work with hitters and catchers. As
an assistant coach at Middle Georgia College in 2001, he helped
direct the team to the Junior College World Series and a No.
9 ranking in the final Junior College Division I poll.
"I've known Michael for some time," Corbin said. "He is
a grinder, an extremely hard worker who understands the game."
Corbin was hired as Vanderbilt head coach on June 25.