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