June 8, 2012

2012 Coaching Changes  


Holliday handed the reins at Oklahoma State


Josh Holliday, an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, has been named the head coach at Oklahoma State.


An alumnus of OSU and a native of Stillwater, Holliday has been with the Commodores for the past three seasons. He succeeds Frank Anderson, who spent nine years as head coach of the Cowboys.


Holliday is the first former Cowboy to serve as head coach. He played at OSU from 1996-99 and helped the Cowboys appear in four NCAA Tournaments, including trips to the College World Series in 1996 and 1999. He was a three-time All-Big 12 selection. Holliday played in 256 games, second on the program’s career list, and is tops with 225 career walks. He batted .311 with 53 home runs, 62 doubles and 237 RBI. Holliday was inducted into the OSU Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.


Following his collegiate career, Holliday was a ninth-round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1999 MLB Draft. He spent two years in the Toronto system before beginning his coaching career.


Holliday was an assistant at OSU for three years before coaching at NC State, Georgia Tech and Arizona State before landing in Nashville. He helped three squads reach the College World Series (Georgia Tech in 2006, Arizona State in 2009 and Vanderbilt in 2011).


Holliday’s father, Tom, is a former assistant and head coach at Oklahoma State. He is currently the associate head coach at NC State. Holliday’s younger brother, Matt, is an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals.