ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball program and head coach Erik Bakich announced today (Thursday, Sept. 6) that Aaron Etchison has been named as the Wolverines' volunteer assistant coach.
"Aaron played two years for us at Maryland," Bakich said. "He was on our Leadership Council and also served as one of our captains. He brings a lot of intangibles, which will be evident in his coaching every day. He is a young star in the coaching ranks and he is going to do a tremendous job for us."
Etchison comes to Ann Arbor after a two-year playing career at the University of Maryland. The Pendleton, Ind., native was a captain on the 2012 team that won 32 games, which was a 15-win improvement from 2010. The catcher threw out 14 of 26 base runners last season, which led the Atlantic Coast Conference percentage-wise for players who had enough attempts to qualify. As a junior, Etchison started 25 games for the Terrapins, hitting safely in nine of the team's last 11 games and serving as Maryland's primary catcher the second half of the season.
Before his two seasons at Maryland, Etchison spent his sophomore season at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. He hit .276 in 47 games with 29 runs batted in. Etchison started his collegiate career at Ball State University, helping the Cardinals to the Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2009.
"I am extremely excited to join the staff and honored to become a part of the Michigan Athletics family," Etchison said. "I look forward to working with the players and coaches as we strive to bring another championship to Ann Arbor. This is a great opportunity to begin my coaching career at one of the top academic and athletic institutions in the country."
Etchison worked this summer for Top Profit Fundraising in Indianapolis, Ind., helping find new accounts to run fundraising projects and working with professional teams such as the Indianapolis Colts sell tickets and VIP passes.
Etchison will graduate from Maryland with a bachelor of science degree in finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in December of 2012.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423