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06/14/2017

Irish Trio Of Bielak, Ruibal & Lidge Drafted

Caps 2017 Notre Dame draft class at six members, matching a program record.

06/13/2017

Guenther Goes To Marlins, Bass Taken By Tigers

Duo joins Peter Solomon to give Irish most picks in the first seven rounds in school history.

06/13/2017

Peter Solomon Goes To Houston In Fourth Round

Right-hander becomes the eighth pick in the first 10 rounds under Mik Aoki.

05/16/2017

Broncos & Irish Wrap Home Schedule

Notre Dame hosts Western Michigan at 6:05 p.m.

05/13/2017

Hearne Vetoes Governors On Senior Day

Co-captain throws six shutout innings in 7-2 Irish win.

05/01/2017

Dear Pete

Notre Dame baseball head coach Mik Aoki's open letter to his former player and ALS-fighter, Pete Frates.

03/06/2017

Irish vs. Maryland

The Notre Dame baseball team faces Maryland in the USA-Baseball Irish Classic in Cary, NC (Photos by Andy Mead).

03/06/2017

Irish vs. Rhode Island

Notre Dame vs. Rhode Island at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic in Cary, NC (Photos by Andy Mead).

05/11/2016

#LSU @ Notre Dame - May 11, 2016

The Irish welcomed back former head coach Paul Mainieri & his No. 11 LSU Tigers to Frank Eck Stadium May 11, 2016.

05/08/2016

Pitt vs. Notre Dame (Game 2 - 5/7/16)

The Irish fell to the Panthers, 8-5, in game 2 of a 3-game ACC series May 7, 2016.

04/27/2016

#29 Notre Dame @ #7 Florida State (4/24/16)

The Irish lost the final game of a three-game ACC series at the Seminoles April 24, 2016.





410-456-2 overall (15 seasons)
200-193-1 at Notre Dame (six seasons)
50 MLB Draft Picks
Two NCAA Regional Berths

Through leading a pair of ACC programs, Mik Aoki has consistently produced professional prospects while competing on the biggest stage of collegiate baseball. Over 16 seasons as a head coach, Aoki has seen 50 of his players selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft while winning over 400 games.

Notre Dame (200-193-1 in seven seasons)

In 2011, Aoki inherited an Irish program looking to return to postseason baseball and immediately delivered. His first Notre Dame team returned to the conference tournament while slashing its staff ERA by 2.53. The program continued to improve in win total each of his first three seasons before embarking on play in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014. The trend turned upwards again in 2015, as the Irish rode a blistering 10-1 start to 37 victories and a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

During his tenure at Notre Dame, Aoki has seen 21 Irish players selected in the Major League draft, including 10 picks in the first 10 rounds. The 2013 draft saw three Irish players hear their name called in the first 10 rounds, the most for the program over those first 10 rounds since 2004. Aoki’s club set more Irish draft standards in 2017, as it tied a school record with six draft picks. In addition, three players taken in the first seven rounds were a program record for selections over those opening seven rounds, while it was the third time in school history Notre Dame had three picks in the first 10 rounds, the second such occurrence under Aoki.


Boston College (114-108-1 in four seasons)

Aoki took the Eagles to new heights in his four seasons in Chestnut Hill, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1967. BC improved its win total each of his first three seasons before winning a program record 34 games in 2009 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Slotted into the Austin Regional hosted by number one national seed Texas, the Eagles pushed the Longhorns to the brink with an NCAA-record 25-inning game with a spot in the regional final on the line, coming up just short.

During his time at BC, 28 Eagles were taken in the MLB draft, while the team produced six All-ACC performers. In 2009, BC had a player on the All-ACC First Team for the first time in program history.

Columbia (87-140)

Aoki inherited a Columbia program which had not won more than 20 games since 1987 and promptly led them to a trio of 20-plus win campaigns), as well as a pair of second-place finishes in the Ivy’s Gehrig Division.

Baseball Pedigree

Prior to being named the head coach at BC, Aoki spent three seasons as pitching coach for the Eagles. He saw five hurlers sign professional contracts during his tenure as pitching coach. In addition, Aoki was on the staff at Dartmouth for four seasons (1995-98) and Ohio for two (1993-94) following his coaching debut as the head coach at Manchester (Conn.) Community College.

He played collegiate baseball at Davidson College, seeing action at second, third and catcher. Aoki still ranks as one of the Wildcats’ best hitters thanks to a career .335 batting average and .547 slugging percentage. He capped his career as a senior by leading the team with a .365 average while adding 20 doubles. He went on to play one season for the HCAW Tigers in the Dutch National League.

Personal

Aoki has been a strong advocate for the Pete Frates #3 Fund since the diagnosis of his former outfielder, Pete Frates, with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2012. Frates was a freshman at Boston College during Aoki’s first season as BC and served as team captain on the 2007 Eagles squad which was Aoki’s first as head coach. Since Frates’ diagnosis with ALS, Aoki has helped raise thousands for the foundation to help offset his medical costs and fund research for a cure to ALS.

Born in Yokohma, Japan, Aoki was raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and attended Milton Academy. He graduated from Davidson with a degree in English in 1990, while also earning a master’s degree in physical education and athletic administration from Ohio University in 1994. Aoki and his wife, Sue, have three children - son, Kai, and daughters, Bryn and Reese.

MIK AOKI YEAR-BY-YEAR

School Year Record Conference Notes All-Conference Selections
Notre Dame 2017 26-32 10-20 ACC Matt Vierling (3rd)
2016 27-27 14-12 ACC Matt Vierling (All-Freshman)
2015 37-23 17-13 ACC NCAA Regional
Atlantic Runner-Up
Kyle Fiala (3rd)
Ryan Smoyer (3rd)
Robert Youngdahl (3rd)
2014 22-32 9-21 ACC First ACC Season
2013 34-24 10-14 BIG EAST Tournament Runner-Up Eric Jagielo (BIG EAST POY)
Trey Mancicni (3rd Team All-American)
Adam Norton (1st)
Dan Slania (2nd)
Ryan Bull (3rd)
2012 31-27 14-13 BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals Joe Hudson (2nd)
Will Hudgins (2nd)
Eric Jagielo (2nd)
Dan Slania (2nd)
Trey Mancini (3rd)
2011 23-29-1 13-13 BIG EAST Trey Mancini (3rd)
Brian Dupra (3rd)
Boston College 2010 30-28 14-16 ACC School record ACC wins Mickey Wiswall (1st)
2009 34-26 13-15 ACC NCAA Regional Tony Sanchez (1st)
Mickey Wiswall (2nd)
Robbie Anston (2nd)
Mike Belifiore (2nd)
2008 26-27 9-21 ACC
2007 24-27-1 12-17 ACC Eric Campbell (2nd)
Columbia 2003 21-27 9-11 Ivy Brian Dovelea (1st)
Ryan Schmidt (2nd)
Mike Baxter (2nd)
2002 22-25 10-10 Ivy Matt Waldman (2nd)
Joe Catsam (2nd)
Matt Buckmiller (2nd)
Derek Johnson (2nd)
2001 20-27 10-10 Ivy Gehrig Division Runner-Up Nick Solaro (1st)
Jason Magnus (2nd)
Derek Johnson (2nd)
Justin Berti (2nd)
2000 11-34 6-14 Ivy Pete Aswad (1st)
Matt Buckmiller (2nd)
1999 13-27 7-13 Ivy Gehrig Division Runner-Up Kevin Holbert (2nd)
Manchester CC 1992 9-15
ALL SEASONS 17 410-456-2
AT NOTRE DAME 7 200-193-1
AT BOSTON COLLEGE 4 114-108-1
AT COLUMBIA 5 87-140
AT MANCHESTER 1 9-15

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Mik Aoki
Mik  Aoki

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Davidson '90

Years At Notre Dame:
Seventh Season

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