Golloway Hired to Lead Auburn Baseball

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Sunny Golloway has been hired as Auburn's new head coach.

Auburn, Ala.—On the heels of a huge hire on the softball front with Clint Myers coming from Arizona State, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs pulled off a double on Friday as the Tigers nabbed successful Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway to be the next head coach of the baseball program.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity because I've always held the Auburn baseball program in very high regard," Golloway said. "The history of the Auburn program was a huge factor in making this decision.

"Secondly, the Southeastern Conference is the top baseball conference in America. Being able to compete in the SEC is a challenge that we look forward to. 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."

Golloway toured the Auburn campus with family members on Friday before accepting the position.

Just finishing his eighth full season with the Sooners, Golloway led his team to a 43-21 record and a Super Regional in 2013 before falling at LSU. It was the sixth NCAA appearance for Oklahoma under his guidance, including a College World Series appearance in 2010.

Overall, he posted a 303-160-1 record in Norman and only won fewer than 40 games twice with the Sooners. His final five seasons at Oklahoma his teams finished with a combined mark of 219-103.

Jacobs said that Golloway was a perfect fit for what he was looking for in the program as the Tigers try to get back among the nation's elite on the diamond.

"The goal in this search was to find a proven winner who can put our baseball program in a position to compete for championships, and we found our man in Coach Golloway," Jacobs said

"His program at Oklahoma is one of only a handful nationally to have won 40 or more games each of the past five years so his record speaks for itself," AU's athletic director added. "After having the chance to hear his vision for Auburn baseball, there is no doubt in my mind he has the tenacity, the passion and the drive to get our program back to a level that matches our strong baseball heritage."

Prior to his time at Oklahoma, Golloway coached at Oral Roberts and turned the program into a perennial winner. He was at ORU eight seasons with the first two as an independent for the program.

Golloway is scheduled to be introduced as AU's new coach at a press conference on Saturday in Auburn.

Moving to the Mid-Continent Conference in 1998, Oral Roberts made six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances before he moved on to Oklahoma. Golloway and the Golden Eagles dominated the Mid-Continent Conference after joining the league in 1998, winning six consecutive regular season and tournament titles and advancing to six consecutive NCAA Regionals. ORU was an incredible 85-5 in conference play over his last four seasons.

For his career Golloway has a record of 638-316-1 and his teams have won at least 45 games seven times.

Known for pitching, defense and small-ball philosophy, Golloway's Sooners finished 21st in the country in ERA in 2013 led by first round draft choice Jonathan Gray on the mound. Golloway has had 74 total players drafted in his 16 seasons as a head coach, including 11 off of his 2011 team.

Galloway was born in Springfield, Mo., and grew up in Stillwater, Okla., where he graduated from Stillwater High School in 1979. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College in Miami, Okla., for one year before transferring to Oklahoma Christian College where he received his bachelor's degree in business in 1984.

Golloway and his wife, Charlotte, have three children--Sunni Kate, Taylor and Callen.

Auburn's new coach is a former Team USA assistant and head coach of several collegiate summer teams. In 2002 he was selected to serve as pitching coach for the USA Baseball National Team. Under his direction, the team recorded the lowest ERA in its history. Golloway also helped team USA to a silver medal.

Sunny Golloway

Golloway replaces John Pawlowski for the Tigers after he was fired following the 2013 season. In five years on the job Pawlowski's teams advanced to just one NCAA Regional and won more than 33 games just once. His overall record at Auburn was 167-126 with a 71-79 mark in SEC play.

Auburn has only made one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight seasons with the last Super Regional appearance coming in 1999.

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