New candidate emerges for Notre Dame Baseball head coach opening

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A new candidate has emerged to fill the vacant Notre Dame Baseball head coach position. Meanwhile, two current Fighting Irish assistants are also in the running for the job.

A source with knowledge of the search told Irish Breakdown that Wofford’s head coach Todd Interdonato “interviewed last week” for the vacancy at Notre Dame. Interdonato has been Wofford’s head coach for the past 15 seasons. He has a record of 415-402-1 for the Terriers. Wofford is in Spartanburg, SC and is a member of the Southern Conference.

The Terriers have been the top team in the SoCon for the past two seasons under Interdonato. They went 78-37-1 overall and 37-13-1 in conference in 2021 and 2022. He also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Interdonato has been named Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the past two years after leading the Terriers to back-to-back conference championships in the regular season. The 2021 regular season title was the first in Terrier history. Its teams have won 30 or more games in seven of the last eight seasons.

Under Interdonato, Wofford have been an aggressive team on the baseline paths. The Terriers have stolen 100 or more bases for nine consecutive seasons. They led the nation in stolen bases in 20134 and 2015. They finished third in the nation with 146 sweeps this season. They also ranked sixth in the nation with a .419 on-base percentage this season.

While Interdonato are the outside candidate in the process, Notre Dame’s two full-time assistant coaches are “definitely in contention”, according to the source.

Chuck Ristano has been Notre Dame’s pitching coach for the past 12 years for Notre Dame’s last two head coaches, Mik Aoki and Jarrett Link. His 2022 pitching team finished the season 10th in the nation with a 3.91 ERA. Team WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) finished 17th at 1.30.

Rich Wallace, the team’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, was on the staff during Jarrett’s three seasons at Notre Dame. The Irish have established a program with 79 home runs this season.

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