After nine years as head baseball coach for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Mik Aoki will not have his contract renewed for the 2020 season University Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick announced today.
“I’m grateful to have worked with Mik over the last decade during our transition to the ACC,” said Swarbrick. “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.”
Aoki took over the Irish bench in 2011 after four years as the head coach of the Boston College Eagles. He led Notre Dame to a 248-253-1 (.495) record in his nine seasons, including a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2015. He also oversaw the transition to the ACC and 26 of Notre Dame’s 119 all time MLB Draft picks played for Aoki. Despite all of that, the past few seasons for Notre Dame have led to disappointing finishes, and the program seemed to be trending in the wrong direction after the 2015 season.
Notre Dame will now begin to search for the 21st head coach of the baseball program and we will be sure to keep you updated on that search as it happens over the offseason.