Auburn, Ala.--Despite the fact that he took Auburn Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2010, Coach Sunny Golloway won’t be around for a third year on the Plains after he was relieved with cause of his duties by Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs on Sunday.
"I regret to announce that earlier today I dismissed Auburn head baseball coach Sunny Golloway with cause,” Jacobs said in an announcement. “My commitment will always be to provide the best student-athlete experience in the nation, and we will not accept anything less.”
Jacobs has not given any specific reasons for the decision to fire Golloway, who was putting the 2016 squad through fall workouts last week.
Coming to Auburn from the University of Oklahoma with the mantra of “Omaha” the buzzword entering his first season with the Tigers because of his goal of reaching the College World Series in year one, Golloway instead went just 28-28 in his first season in a tough year for the program both on and off the field.
With changes heading into year two including bringing in veteran pitching coach Tom Holliday from North Carolina State, Golloway and the Tigers improved to 36-26 overall and won a game in both the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament, but that wasn’t enough to save his job.
Overall in his career Golloway has a record of 745-391-1 with 15 NCAA Regional appearances.
Auburn assistant and longtime major league baseball player Greg Norton has been named the interim coach for the Tigers until a new head oach is hired. It will be Auburn's fifth head coach in the last 15 years since the retirement of Hal Baird.