Wade Excited About Coaching Hire

Auburn pitcher Jay Wade discusses the hiring of Sunny Golloway and what he thinks about the future for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.—While most of his Auburn teammates are off playing summer baseball, sophomore pitcher Jay Wade remains in town rehabbing an injury suffered at LSU earlier this season. Because of that he was able to be on hand Saturday when Sunny Golloway was announced as the new head coach of the Tigers.

Coming to the Plains with a fantastic resume including a College World Series berth and three Super Regional appearances with the Sooners, Golloway is an impressive hire for Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs. Inheriting a program hungry for success, Golloway has captured the attention of the current team says Wade.

"Coach Golloway is a proven winner," Wade tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "In the past five years he's won 40 games or more. That's an incredible accomplishment and something we look forward to doing at Auburn. We've had it tough this past couple of years. Our guys fight hard and are hard-nosed. To get a guy that has had success and knows how to get there is definitely admirable."

Waiting to see who the new coach was going to be following the firing of John Pawlowski, Wade says it was a tough time for the current and future players. Now that Golloway is on the job and planning to reach out to everyone for at least a conversation, Wade notes it's nice to be able to start getting a plan for next season already.

"It's a great thing for the guys to know who our commander-in-chief is going to be, so to speak," Wade says. "The curiosity as far as who it was going to be, that's a good thing to nail down. Now we can pay attention to his views and apply that to our game. It's a great thing and something we'll be able to run with."

Discussing his vision for winning and going so far as to talk about how to celebrate championships, there is no doubt that Golloway is excited about his opportunity to put Auburn baseball back on the map. Very familiar with the history of the program after facing the Tigers in both 1994 and 1995 as an assistant at Oklahoma, Golloway says he wants to win and wants to win now. That was music to the ears of Wade.

"I'll be honest with you I sat there and got chills with some of the things he was saying," Wade says. "I told Jay Jacobs I wanted to go suit up right now and get out there and just see how he does things. I have never looked more forward to a fall than what we're about to go through. All of the guys are going to be onboard and we're going to run with this thing. Everybody is excited to see that success come to Auburn."

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