When looking down the bench this season there will be a familiar face wearing the scarlet and black again, but now as a coach instead of being a player.
Tim Tadlock, who played for Texas Tech coaching legend Larry Hays from 1990-91, is back in Lubbock now after a six-year stint with the Oklahoma Sooners after being named an Associate Head Coach by Tech head coach Dan Spencer on Tuesday.
What Tadlock brings to the Red Raiders his a laundry list of recruiting experience and success while with the Sooners.
While at Oklahoma, a couple of Tadlock's recruiting classes were ranked in the Top 25 in the country with two reaching as high as No.4; the incoming 2012 class for Oklahoma is ranked No.4 by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
The other time that a recruiting class was ranked No.4 for Oklahoma in Tadlock's time was in 2006, which at the time marked the highest ranking for an Oklahoma recruiting class since 1987.
By Baseball America four of Tadlock's recruiting class received high rankings, 2006 (11th), 2009 (16th), 2010 (21st) and 2012 (13th).
In 2010, Tadlock's recruiting ability also helped lead the Sooners to a place where Dan Spencer and the Red Raiders want to find themselves at the end of the season instead of being at home watching it on TV – the College World Series.
Another huge addition that Tadlock brings to the Red Raiders is having players showing success after college.
In his time at Oklahoma, Tadlock mentored 41 players that were drafted into Major League Baseball. 2011 was a big year for the Sooners as they had 11 players drafted tying a Big 12 record, which was set by Texas in 2007.
Recruiting is where the foundation for a championship program is started, and now Tech has found the person to set those stones in place in Tim Tadlock.