Golloway rejoins OU Baseball

Larry Cochell makes a surprising change as ORU's Sunny Golloway resigns to re-join OU as Assistant Head Coach.

When Larry Cochell and Sunny Golloway teamed up as head coach and assistant, respectively, during the 1990's, the Oklahoma Sooners went on a successful run that included three appearances in the College World Series.

Cochell announced today that the two will be joining forces again. After eight successful seasons as the head coach at Oral Roberts, Golloway is returning to OU to again serve as an assistant under Cochell.

"I just felt like we needed to do something to get our program where we all want it to be," Cochell said. "Sunny has been very successful as a head coach. Bringing him to the Sooner family is special. He knows me and he knows our system, but at the same time, Sunny has grown so much and gained great expertise. He comes to our staff with the respect of baseball people all around the country for what he accomplished at ORU. This is a very positive move for our program."

Golloway said the opportunity to return to Oklahoma focused on a specific goal lured him back to Norman.

"My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity of returning to the University of Oklahoma," he said. "I look forward to working as an assistant coach under Larry Cochell in helping to lead OU back to Omaha."

Memories of Golloway's first tour with the Sooners also motivated his return.

"I remember the last time I wore and took off that OU uniform was in Omaha," I look forward to putting it on again knowing that our direction and focus is to get back to Omaha. With the leadership of Joe Castiglione, for whom I have tremendous admiration, and Larry Cochell, this is just a very attractive opportunity that I felt we could not pass over."

At ORU, Golloway posted a mark of 335-156 record (.682). He coached 16 All-Americans, and 25 of his ORU players have either been drafted or signed professional contracts. He was honored four times as Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year by his peers (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002).

After his seventh season at the Tulsa-based school, Golloway received one of the top honors a collegiate coach can garner, when he was selected to serve as an assistant coach for USA Baseball's National Team during the summer of 2002. Golloway helped lead Team USA to a silver medal at the first-ever FISU World Championships in Messina, Italy. The National Team also won the championship at Haarlem Baseball Week in The Netherlands, and spent the first six weeks of the summer on a barnstorming tour of the United States.

Prior to leaving for Team USA, Golloway guided the Golden Eagles to their most successful post-season in his seven-year tenure. The Golden Eagles, fresh from winning their fifth consecutive Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title, stunned 14th-ranked and homestanding Wichita State in the opening round of NCAA Regional play, then knocked off the Shockers again the next night, before falling to Arkansas in the Regional final.

The national media and baseball coaching community took notice, as the Golden Eagles ended the season ranked No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball and 20th by the NCBWA. It was ORU's first season-ending rank since 1987.

Over the last six seasons, Golloway was responsible for turning the Golden Eagles into one of the nation's winningest programs, tallying 277 wins in that time, an average of better than 46 victories per season.

Golloway and the Golden Eagles dominated the Mid-Continent Conference since joining the league in 1998, winning six consecutive regular-season and tournament titles, and advancing to six consecutive NCAA Regionals. ORU was an amazing 85-5 in conference play over the last four seasons.

Aric Thomas, who has been a full-time assistant coach with the Sooners for the past two seasons, will now become 'Director of Baseball Operations'. 

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