Auburn formally introduced Sunny Golloway as its new head baseball coach at a Saturday news conference.
Golloway, who ends a nearly nine-year run as Oklahoma’s coach, will earn $650,000 per year at the SEC school, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said.
The salary represents a nearly $300,000 increase from what Golloway earned at Oklahoma, and places him as one of the highest-paid baseball coaches in the SEC.
AL.com reported Saturday that, among public SEC schools, only LSU’s Paul Mainieri earns a higher salary than what Auburn will pay Golloway.
“We wanted to hire a coach who was a proven winner and someone who had a proven track of winning,” Jacobs said.
Golloway said during the news conference that he used his baseball instincts while deciding to make the move from Oklahoma to Auburn.
“Sometimes when you sit down with people you just hit it off and you know,” Golloway said. “I know when to make a pitching change, I know when to call the hit-and-run, I know when to lay that bunt and I also know when to make a move.”
Golloway led Oklahoma to an NCAA Tournament appearance in all but one of his seasons there. His 2010 squad reached the College World Series.
He was 346-181-1 over his tenure at Oklahoma, and 681-337-1 including his eight seasons as Oral Roberts’ head coach.