As OSU head coach, Holliday posted a 281-150 (.652) record and had 35-win seasons in each of his first six years. His 281 career victories rank third on Oklahoma States all-time coaching wins list. Four of his seven teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament. But the natives grew restless after the Cowboys failed to advance to the College World Series since 1999. His team went 34-24 last year, the second consecutive year OSU did not advance to the Tournament.
Hollidays dismissal ended a 26-year stint in Stillwater. No stranger to Omaha, CWS Holliday made 11 appearances at the CWS, but 10 of those were as an assistant coach under Gary Ward.
But all that matters now is his resume as a pitching coach. Consider this: Holliday was in charge of the Cowboy pitching staff for 19 years prior to assuming head coaching responsibilities. He has had a hand in more than 60 pitchers being drafted into the Major Leagues, including 1999 National League Rookie of the Year and current Cincinnati Reds closer Scott Williamson as well as Detroit Tigers' all-time saves leader Mike Henneman. Three of Holliday's pupils were drafted in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, including Scott Baker, Shane Hawk and Joe Weaver.
"This is a very special opportunity that doesn't come along very often," said Holliday. "I've coached against Texas for many years and have always had tremendous admiration for The University and its baseball program. It's an honor to now be a part of the Texas tradition and work with someone I have tremendous respect for in Augie Garrido."
Holliday began his coaching career in 1976, serving as an assistant for his alma mater at the University of Miami (Fla.). The following season he went to work for Arizona State and was the assistant coach for the Sun Devils in their National Championship season of 1977. Two months after winning the College World Series at Arizona State, Holliday joined Ward's staff at OSU.