Maryland named volunteer assistant Eric Milton as the Terps baseball team’s interim coach Thursday morning, according to a university news release. The announcement came less than 24 hours after former coach Erik Bakich accepted the same position at Michigan.
An 11-year MLB veteran, Milton returned to his alma mater in September 2011. He spent last season mentoring the pitching staff, and occasionally served as first base coach. The former major league All-Star helped Maryland’s pitchers record their best season in recent memory as the staff posted a 3.21 ERA -- a far cry from its 5.24 ERA in 2011.
“I’m honored to accept this position and look forward to working with our players and recruits in the coming months,” Milton said in the release. “My goal when I came here was to help develop our players for professional careers and build a winning tradition at my alma mater. That goal remains the same.”