As the weeks go on, slowly but surely, Tim Tadlock is building his coaching staff and it continues to be a high profile one at that.
The most recent addition to the Texas Tech coaching staff is Ray Hayward, who will serve as the pitching coach for the Red Raiders.
"When the thought of getting Ray on board came to mind, I thought he was overqualified to be available to teach and mentor on our staff," Tadlock said in a news release on Tuesday. "His pedigree along with the combination of teaching and evaluating and all of the experience he brings to the table is something that all of us will benefit and grow from."
This is the first time since 2004, that Hayward will step foot onto a college campus as a coach and not a Major League Baseball Scout.
Before taking that position, Hayward spent four seasons at Oklahoma (2000-2004) serving as the Sooners pitching coach.
While in Norman, Hayward's pitching staffs improved substantially, even in his first season with the team ERA dropping from 6.25 in 1999 to 4.74 in 2000.
Along with improving the team ERA as a whole, Hayward also mentored players and in 2000, had two pitchers earn All-American recognition. Before arriving, in the past 15 years only one Oklahoma pitcher had been named an All-American.
Arguably one of the most impressive accomplishments, after the 2004 season, the Sooners, for the first time since 1985, had six pitchers drafted in the Top 30 rounds of the MLB Draft.
Speaking of the draft, Hayward will come to Lubbock now with a diminished pitching staff after losing Duke von Schamann, the ace of the staff in 2012, Shane Broyles, Rusty Shellhorn, Daniel Coulombe and John Neely to the draft.
Despite the losses, Tech has a few signees in the bag and also some solid hurlers from 2012 returning that will get to work with Hayward.
The Red Raiders turned in a 4.04 ERA last season, so Hayward will have some challenges in front of him, but said he is ready to get in and start making the Red Raiders better.
"I'm very excited, not only about coming to a wonderful place, but also to work with someone like Coach Tadlock and his entire coaching staff," he said in a news release on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to getting after it and improving this entire program and getting it to where it should be. I know the people out there are wonderful. I've heard a lot of good things about everything at Texas Tech. My family and I are also looking forward to joining the Lubbock community. I'm ready to go."