7. Tim Walton. The Florida softball coach played on Cochell’s 1994 NCAA title team. It would be a hard sell to hire a softball coach, but from being around Walton at various Women’s College World Series, I can tell you that he acts like a baseball coach.
8. Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock. Tadlock spent six seasons as Golloway’s assistant at OU, 2006-11, and before that was in the Texas junior-college ranks, which is never a bad thing.
9. Illinois State coach Mark Kingston. Kingston has done a nice job with the Redbirds, but he has no Oklahoma/Texas ties that I know of. He played at North Carolina and was an assistant at Tulane and Miami.
10. Virginia Tech coach Pete Hughes. Before spending eight years as the Boston College coach and now seven at Virginia Tech, Hughes spent two years at Trinity College in San Antonio. In 14 Big East seasons, Hughes has yet to win a conference title.
11. Florida State assistant coach Mike Bell. Golloway’s pitching coach from 2008-11, Bell is a Florida State grad.
I don’t know if the next OU coach will come from this list, but it’s names I’ve been hearing.