Collected Wisdom: Mike Anderson, OU hitting coach and former Nebraska head coach

by Ryan Aber Modified: April 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014

My mom’s still in Eaton, Colo. It was unbelievable to be back in that area. When I told my wife about this job and that we might have to move back out, it was tough to leave family again. We’ve got a rock-solid family and it was a decision for everybody and they all said let’s do it.

Pete and I have known each other for about 15-16 years. We worked Stanford’s camp together and we did a bunch of things together. We’ve been colleagues, we’ve been friends, we’ve challenged each other in the recruiting process. This cme open and we had some conversations. I would’ve have left Regis if it wasn’t for Oklahoma and for Pete Hughes. I knew the type of person that Pete Hughes was and it gave me the opportunity to work with him. His values are unbelievable.

When I was at Nebraska and we played here, the first thing I did is walk in and look at the flags. Every time it was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’ Depending on if we had an offensive team or not but you’d look at the flags first. You knew you were in for a battle. Oklahoma and Oklahoma kids, you just knew the quality of baseball down here was going to be solid. Since I’m here now, I step outside my front door and see if it’s going to be windy today and check the weather. Pinz and I have a little back and forth. I’ll walk in the office and say, ‘Hey, it’s blowing out today,’ and he’ll put his head down or if it’s blowing in, I’ll do the same.

I’ve got the greatest family in the world. I know Pete and his family and he knows me and my family and we can’t do this stuff without a wife and we can’t do this stuff without our kids doing the things that they’re doing. I think Pete and I and our whole coaching staff try to impress upon our kids that that’s what we want within this team — a family approach to everything that we do.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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