Auburn, Ala.--Coach Sunny Golloway announced the hiring on Thursday of one of the most successful pitching coaches in college baseball in the last 30 years when North Carolina State assistant Tom Holliday was named to the Auburn staff as pitching coach and associate head coach, replacing Scott Foxhall.
"We're very excited to have Tom Holliday and his wife, Kathy, join our Auburn baseball family," Golloway said. "Tom comes to us with a tremendous wealth of knowledge and history of success in college baseball. His College World Series coaching experience speaks for itself, but what is even more impressive is Coach Holliday's ability to teach and relate to student-athletes.
"We are very excited for not only our pitching staff but all of our student-athletes who have the ability to work with Coach Holliday."
A 36-year coaching veteran that has been part of 14 College World Series teams and two national championships as an assistant, Holliday is the father of St. Louis Cardinals standout Matt Holliday as well as current Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday.
The last eight seasons he has been on Elliot Avent's staff at North Carolina State where he coached three All-Americans. Included in that group is 2012 ACC Pitcher of the Year and 2013 USA Baseball Player of the Year Carlos Rodon, who was just selected with the third overall pick by the Chicago White Sox in last week's draft.
"Quite frankly, I'm excited. It's a great opportunity," Holliday said. "I feel like when you've been in college baseball as long as I have, you develop opinions about leagues and challenges. It's the first time I'll get a chance to coach in the SEC. When Sunny called me, it was like the lights went on, and I thought, ‘Wow, what a great challenge and what a wonderful opportunity.' I've coached in the Pac-10, ACC, Big 12/Big 8. I love challenges, and I thought that the way Sunny presented the job opportunity to me was exciting.
"The concept of getting to the College World Series is what drives me, and I know it's been a while since Auburn has been there, but Auburn has great baseball tradition. My conversations with Sunny have been outstanding. It's great to feel like you're wanted, and it's great to feel like somebody needs you. And it's great to talk with someone that likes to talk baseball 24 hours a day."
Much of Holliday's coaching career has been spent at Oklahoma State after starting his run at his alma mater of Miami in 1976. Moving to Oklahoma State in 1978 following a year as an assistant at Arizona State that finished with the Sun Devils winning the national championship, Holliday started his 26-year run at Oklahoma State. During his time the Cowboys made 11 College World Series appearances and was known as one of the dynasties in the sport.
Following his time at Oklahoma State, Holliday served as Texas' pitching coach from 2004-06 before moving to North Carolina State. In his first season in Austin the Longhorns were NCAA runners-up in 2004 then won the national championship in 2005. Collegiate Baseball magazine named him its 2005 National College Pitching Coach of the Year. Each of Holliday's three Longhorn pitching staffs ranked among the nation's leaders statistically, and three of his pitchers at UT earned All-America honors. Among the players he coached was 20015 American League Rookie of the Year Huston Street.