NORMAN — There’s a new head coach, but Oklahoma’s baseball coach won’t be in complete flux next season.
OU coach Pete Hughes announced Tuesday he’s retaining pitching coach Jack Giese who will also handle recruiting duties. Director of baseball operations Ryan Gaines remains in the same capacity.
The addition to the staff is the hiring of former Nebraska coach Mike Anderson as an assistant coach.
“Mike is one of the most accomplished head coaches in the profession,” Hughes said in a statement. “He has recruited players to teams that have gone on to Omaha. He is truly a first class human being.”
Anderson coached the Huskers from 2003-11, winning two Big 12 regular season titles, the 2005 Big 12 tournament crown and achieving a College World Series berth in 2005. He has a 337-196-2 career record and was named the Big 12’s coach of the year in the 2003 and 2005.
Anderson was fired from Nebraska after the 2011 season. He was the head coach at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo., in 2013.
Giese returns for his for his third season at OU. Over his first two seasons, the pitching staff that has accumulated 1,054 strikeouts and an 8.02 strikeout-per-nine innings ratio over the past two seasons. OU’s also had nine pitchers drafted during Giese’s first two seasons.
“I am thrilled to continue the great lineage of pitchers that have come through Oklahoma by keeping Jack on staff,” Hughes said. “His track record speaks for itself on the recruiting trail. Jack is a valuable asset whom I felt was very important to keep on staff as a connection to the recruits we have coming in.”
Gaines returns for his ninth season on the OU baseball staff in the role of coordinator of baseball operations. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations off the field, including travel and liaison between the athletic training, equipment, media relations and strength and conditioning staffs. Gaines also serves as the director for the Oklahoma Baseball Camp.
“Nobody has a better firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of OU athletics and the baseball program,” Hughes said of Gaines. “Ryan will be a valuable asset over a period of transition for our staff.”
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