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Jay Jacobs Hits Homerun With Sunny Golloway Hire

By on June 14th, 2013 in Baseball, News 10 Comments »
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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!

10 Comments

  1. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Oh.My.Goodness. 2 days in a row. I am hyperventilating. This Athletic department and the fans needed this in the worst way. I don’t know what’s going to happen but this fan base needed some good positive news and it started with Gus. Now let’s just hope that what has happened to coaches on the loveliest village of the plains in these last few years is over and we can definitely begin a #NewDay!! There’s only one more left and now he is under the gun ~ and with all this new infusion of big hires maybe something will rub off on him!

    War Eagle!!!!!!

  2. LSU Jonno says:

    At least LSU fans don’t have to throw away their playboy signs.

    http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/display.aspx?sp=42331243&s=2&p=42311741#42331243

  3. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    His credentials are pretty good. Now I’m looking forward to baseball season.

  4. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    I have a hard time believing Jacobs was the decision maker or deal closer in these hires. Great hires… The next great hire needs to be an AD.

  5. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    I WILL make this trip someday. I’ve always wanted to go. The only annoying thing would be that stinger the band plays constantly, kind of like Miss St.

  6. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    Lol, howd that happen? Wrong post.

  7. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Nice credentials. Now deliver.

    WDE

  8. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Great hire! Exceeded my expectations. Now I want to see Auburn host a super regional. and on yea never be put out of the SEC tournament again by west vance.

    • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

      Golloway has taken 14 teams to the NCAA Tournament. I’m really looking forward to buying my ticket to his15th trip. I know it will take some time to build his program but I like his promise that Auburn will win quickly. Go Tigers!

  9. TexasAUTiger says:

    He looks like Guillermo from the Jimmy Kimmel show.