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New Candidate Emerges For The Notre Dame Baseball Head Coach Opening

A new candidate as emerged to replace Link Jarrett as Notre Dame's new baseball coach

A new candidate has emerged to fill Notre Dame baseball’s vacant head coaching 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 head coach Todd Interdonato “interviewed this past week” for the Notre Dame vacancy. Interdonato has been the Wofford head coach for the last 15 seasons. He has a record of 415-402-1 for the Terriers. Wofford is in Spartanburg, S.C. and is a member of the Southern conference.

The Terriers have been the top team in the SoCon over the past two seasons under Interdonato. They’ve gone 78-37-1 overall and 37-13-1 in conference play in 2021 and 2022. He has been the team’s recruiting coordinator as well.

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

Under Interdonato, Wofford has been an aggressive team on the base 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 were third in the nation with 146 swipes this season. They also ranked sixth in the nation with a .419 on-base percentage this season.

While Interdonato is the outside candidate in the process, Notre Dame’s two full-time assistant coaches are “definitely in the running”, 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 Link Jarrett. His 2022 pitching staff finished the season 10th in the nation with a 3.91 ERA. The team WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) was 17th at 1.30.

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

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