Oklahoma State announced Josh Holliday as its new head coach today in what was an obvious move for the university.
Holliday grew up in Stillwater, Okla., as his father Tom was a longtime Cowboys assistant. Josh, whose younger brother Matt is an all-star outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, played at OK State and was on the team when his father, since elevated to head coach, led the Cowboys to the 1999 College World Series.
When Josh Holliday's playing career ended, he began a successful assistant coaching career that led him back to his alma mater as an assistant to his father, then to North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Arizona State and most recently Vanderbilt. Holliday is well-regarded in the industry for his ability to evaluate talent, close a recruiting deal and work with hitters.
Oklahoma State fired Frank Anderson, who had replaced Tom Holliday previously. Josh Holliday's hiring could have repercussions throughout the college coaching landscape; he has tons of options and contacts to choose from for his assistants, including his father, and now Vanderbilt needs a new recruiting coordinator as well.
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