3 realistic Texas baseball head coaching candidates

Texas AD Chris Del Conte officially begins his search to replace head coach David Pierce on June 24.
Erik Bakich
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Erik Bakich
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Erik Bakich, Clemson head coach

A name that's been floating around on various message boards and articles regarding the Texas coaching search is Clemson Tigers head coach Erik Bakich. The ECU Pirates alum is in his second year as Clemson's head coach after he was hired away from his position with the Michigan Wolverines since 2013.

Bakich led the Tigers to a Super Regional appearance this postseason. Clemson has also made the NCAA Tournament as a regional host during Bakich's two seasons as their head coach.

Moreover, Clemson has won either the ACC regular season or conference tournament title in both years under Bakich since 2023.

Bakich has earned himself the reputation of being a program-builder during his stops with the Maryland Terrapins, Michigan, and Clemson in the last 15 years. He led a Maryland program in the basement of the ACC for a long time to its first season with over 30 wins since 2002.

In 2019, Bakich led the Wolverines to be the College World Series runner-up while winning 50 games. Michigan looked to be on the up and up as one of college baseball's premier on-the-rise programs before the COVID-19 lockdown cut the 2020 season short.

Bakich is a quality candidate that appears to be someone the Longhorns could at least consider to be the next head coach for one of the top baseball programs in the country.