Baseball coaching search continues

LSU head coach Smoke Laval (pictured above) is the newest name to emerge among the candidates to replace Larry Cochell. See inside for more on Laval and the coaching search. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

Athletic Director Joe Castiglione continues his search this week for a new baseball coach at OU, at this point, we know that OU has done an extensive interview with two candidates — OU Interim Head Baseball Coach Sunny Golloway and University of Hawaii Head Coach Mike Trapasso. These are the only two that thus far I have been able to confirm have interviewed officiall for the job.

Trapasso played his college baseball at OSU and has a good track record as an assistant coach Georgia Tech and Missouri. He has improved the Hawaii program since he took it over in 2002, as they have improved by about 12 games in each of the last two seasons. However, they have yet to qualify for the NCAA Tournament under him. He was named the WAC Coach of the Year for his efforts this past year.

Golloway is currently running the Sooner baseball camps along with OU pitching coach Fred Corral. Coach Corral thus far has turned down an opportunity to be the pitching coach at Georgia, as Golloway still has a great chance to be the coach at OU.

A third candidate may be emerging in Smoke Laval, who is currently the Head Coach at LSU. Laval is expected to interview for the job today or tomorrow. Laval took over four years ago for the legendary Skip Bertman after a very successful six-year run at Louisiana-Monroe (240-159).

At LSU, Laval is 175-85-1 and has made two trips to the College World Series. However, the Tigers failed to get out of Regional play last season and he is catching incredible heat from fans and media back in Baton Rouge.

Laval has a salary of well over $300,000 dollars at LSU and it will be interesting to see just how serious he is for the job. Laval is 49-years old.

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