One thing the Oklahoma Sooners have always been able to do is hold on to their successful head coaches. From Bob Stoops and Patty Gasso to Sherri Coale and Sunny Golloway, the Sooners have had some of the best coaches in college sports and have always been able to hold on to them one way or another. Now, OU fans can remove Sunny Golloway from that list.
After nine years with the Sooners, and right after leading OU to the Super Regionals two weeks ago, Golloway has accepted the head coaching position with the Auburn Tigers.
Auburn really wanted Golloway and payed the coach $300,000 more than he was making at Oklahoma. At $650,000, he is now one of the highest-paid baseball coaches in the SEC. When discussing why he chose to leave OU for Auburn, Golloway said he was using his “baseball instincts.” He said knowing when to make a move is no different than knowing when to make a pitching change.
This is great news for Auburn, but horrible news for the Sooners. He was 346-181-1 over his nine years in Norman. During that time, he led OU to the Regionals four times, the Super Regionals three times, the College World Series once and only missed the postseason once in his career.
The last time OU had to make a coaching change was when Larry Cochell (511-336-1) resigned after making a racially insensitive remark about a player. They signed Golloway to replace him and never missed a beat. Cochell led the Sooners to their most successful era in school baseball history, and won the national title in 1994. Hopefully, the change coming resulting from Golloway leaving will be as smooth as that of Cochell leaving.