#Clemson coach Bakich fills 3rd position from the inside

Griffin Mazur

Clemson baseball coach Erik Bakich Monday promoted from within his organization for the new third full-time assistant coach. Bakich announced Griffin Mazur was being elevated to the post after serving as a volunteer assistant coach this past season when he worked with the catchers.

Here’s the full release from Clemson:

Griffin Mazur was elevated to the role of assistant coach, announced by Head Coach Erik Bakich on Monday. Mazur was the volunteer assistant coach at Clemson in 2023, his first year as a member of the Tiger staff. In January, the NCAA Division I Council approved a measure to reclassify baseball’s volunteer assistant coach as a full-time assistant coach, effective July 1. The approval gives Division I programs the ability to have three full-time paid assistant coaches.

Mazur, a coach who worked with catchers in 2023, which included Cooper Ingle, an All-ACC selection, played for Michigan in the 2021 season. He previously transferred from UC Irvine, where he played as a player from 2016 to 2020.

“We are thankful that the NCAA made this change that allows us to elevate Griffin Mazur to an assistant coach role,” said Bakich. “Griffin has a bright future in coaching, and we’re very excited to have him in this role, where he can now be more involved with recruiting and evaluation. He will continue to assist in the same areas that helped us have a successful first season in 2023.”

In his first year in Tigertown in 2023, Mazur helped coach the Tigers to the league championship by going 4-0 in the ACC Tournament. It was a big reason they earned the No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Clemson finished with a 20-10 ACC mark, good for second place in the overall standings, thanks in large part to a 17-game winning streak from April to June. The Tigers finished the 2023 season with a 44-19 record, their best mark since 2018, and ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation by Baseball America in the final polls.

Mazur worked as a program assistant at Michigan during the 2022 season after playing 44 games in his one season as a player at Michigan in 2021. He hit .247 with six homers, eight doubles, 33 RBIs and 31 runs, as he was a Second-Team All-Big Ten Conference catcher.

Mazur, who was voted team captain in 2021, also was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and was a All-Big Ten Academic selection.

In his four active seasons (2016,18-20) at UC Irvine, he played 110 games (55 starts). After his college career, he played one season (2021) and 17 games with Tri-City (A+) in the Angels organization.

Mazur graduated from UC Irvine in 2020 with two degrees, one in criminology, law & society and one in education sciences. He also received a master’s degree in sport management from Michigan in 2021.

He was born Griffin Cole Mazur on April 8, 1997 in Mission Viejo, Calif. and is a native of Moorpark, Calif. Mazur is engaged to Amanda Lorenz.

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