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Irish Insights


Aoki takes over Irish baseball

Mik Aoki was named Notre Dame’s baseball coach Tuesday, the university announced. He replaces Dave Schrage, who was fired June 14.

Aoki was the head coach at Boston College for the last four seasons, compiling a 114-108-1 record and one NCAA tournament appearance. Aoki, who head coach at Columbia from 1999 to 2003, is 201-248-1 overall in Division I.

He led the Eagles to an NCAA regional in 2009, falling to top-seeded Texas in an NCAA-record 25 innings. It was Boston College’s first regional appearance since 1967.

“I’m thrilled to be the next baseball coach here at Notre Dame,” Aoki told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. “.….I think that this is a place that arguably, Notre Dame is the biggest brand name is college athletics, and one of the best academic institutions in the country, and I feel that that model is one that can help us get back to Omaha.”

In four seasons under Schrage, the Irish posted a 119-104-1 record. They failed to advance to the NCAA tournament under Schrage and never won more than 36 games. Schrage’s predecessor, Paul Mainieri, had 11 40-win seasons and nine NCAA tournament appearances in 12 years, including advancing to the 2002 College World Series.