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Auburn hires Golloway away from Oklahoma

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Sunny Golloway has been named the newest head coach of the Auburn baseball program.

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs announced the move via news release just before 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity because I've always held the Auburn baseball program in very high regard," Golloway said. "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. With our location, we are in a hotbed of talent. We will be able to hit the road recruiting right away, and we look forward to recruiting the best student-athletes to represent this outstanding university."

Golloway spent the last eight years as the head coach at Oklahoma University, leading the Sooners to seven NCAA regional appearances, four Super Regional berths and the 2010 College World Series.

The move was made quickly after Golloway arrived on campus Friday to meet with Jacobs.

"I had heard quite a bit about Jay and really wanted to meet him," Golloway said. "And right after I met him, I knew it was going to be a great fit. I think that's very important – who you're working with on a daily basis, the commitment to the student-athletes in your program, and making sure that everything is in place to pursue an opportunity to win championships. That's what we want to be about – we want to win championships."

This year, Golloway's Sooner team went 43-21 overall, won the Big 12 Tournament, and advanced to Super Regionals before falling to LSU. This was the fifth-straight 40-win season for OU.

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