NORMAN — Sunny Golloway is no longer Oklahoma’s baseball coach. Golloway accepted the same job at Auburn Friday night. The announcement came less then 10 hours after he and his family flew from Norman to Auburn, Ala., earlier in the day.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity because I’ve always held the Auburn baseball program in very high regard,” Golloway said in a statement released through Auburn Friday night. “The history of the Auburn program was a huge factor in making this decision. Secondly, the Southeastern Conference is the top baseball conference in America. Being able to compete in the SEC is a challenge that we look forward to.”
Golloway did not return several messages left on his mobile phone voicemail Friday afternoon and night.
Golloway just completed his eighth full season in the Sooner dugout, leading OU to a 43-21 record and its third appearance in an NCAA tournament’s Super Regional series in the last four years, and fourth overall.
Golloway’s tenure at OU began in 2005 when he became interim coach after Larry Cochell resigned with three weeks left in the regular season. OU went 12-6 with Golloway, who had left Oral Roberts to become an assistant under Cochell the previous year, serving as interim coach.
Initially, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione passed on promoting Golloway. An exhaustive search for Cochell’s replacement landed Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson. Stephenson held the job for one day before deciding to return to Wichita State.
Golloway was named head coach a few days later.
In all, the Sooners went 346-181-1 during Golloway’s eight-plus seasons. Those years included the school’s first College World Series appearance in 15 years in 2010. The Sooners missed the NCAA tournament just once (2007) during Golloway’s tenure.
Most recently, OU claimed its first Big 12 tournament title in 16 years last month.