Jay Jacobs Hits Homerun With Sunny Golloway Hire
After evaluating over a half dozen coaches to replace John Pawlowski, Auburn AD Jay Jacobs hit a home run tonight when he announced the hiring of Oklahoma’s Head Coach, Sunny Golloway.
Under pressure to deliver, Jacobs said he was looking for proven winners who could contend for championships. He got his man in hiring Galloway away from Oklahoma.
The Sooner skipper took over a down program in 2005 and rebuilt/restored Oklahoma to a nationally recognized program. This year OU won the Big 12 Championship and posted their fourth consecutive 40-win season. Although they swept through the Blacksburg Regional they lost out in the Super Regional to LSU.
In nine seasons in Norman, Golloway took the Sooners to 8 NCAA Regionals, 4 Super Regionals (hosting 3) and one College World Series. His record at Oklahoma is 346-181-1 and his overall record is 638-316-1.
As an OU assistant from 1992-95, he helped lead the Sooners to three trips to the College World Series in four years and win the 1994 National Championship. Before taking over at Oklahoma, he was the Head Coach at Oral Roberts University where his teams went to six Regionala amd won an average of more than 46 wins per season, for a .731 winning percentage
Having faced some of Hal Baird’s teams in the NCAA Tournament and College World Series, Golloway said he’s, “Always held the Auburn baseball program in very high regard. The history of the Auburn program was a huge factor in making this decision.” He continued, ” With our location, we are in a hotbed of talent. We will be able to hit the road recruiting right away, and we look forward to recruiting the best student-athletes to represent this outstanding university.
Some other amazing stats on the new Auburn Tiger Head Coach :
* He has coached 88 all-conference honorees at Oklahoma and Oral Roberts. In the last eight years, 55 Sooners have garnered All-Big 12 accolades.
* The number of players taken in the MLB Draft during Golloway’s 16 seasons as a head coach and as an assistant coach at OU – 82 including a program-best 11 players in 2011.
* His .671 winning percentage ranked No. 15 in the nation among active coaches in Division I baseball.
The Auburn Athletic Director promised to hire championship contending coaches to fill the vacant baseball and softball positions. Many doubted whether he was up to the challenge. He delivered today in a big way with the hiring of Galloway to replace John Pawlowski and Clint Meyers to shepherd the softball program.
Yes Jacobs hit a home run with these hires; now we will see if Golloway can get the Tiger Baseball program back to the glory days of SEC legendary Coach Hal Baird’s teams of the nineties. He certainly has the resume and appears to be ready for the challenge.
Welcome to Auburn Coach Golloway and War Eagle!