STILLWATER — Josh Holliday has been billed as the savior of Oklahoma State baseball before he's even coached a college game.
A lot to put on the shoulders of a first-year head coach still trying to adjust and adapt to his new job description.
“I'm nervous a little bit, to be honest with you,” Holliday said less than two weeks before his debut. “Excited about all the things that we've got …. It's just human nature. You're excited about when you arrive on (your) first job, yet nerve-racking at the same time. You don't want to mess anything up.”
Since his hiring, Holliday's been publicly vocal about his love for the Stillwater community and his alma mater. And that's part of the reason he has put so much pressure on himself to succeed.
“Any time you do something for the first time, there's no question there's those moments of self-doubt,” Holliday said. “But you have to trust your instincts and trust that you're prepared.”
Holliday's coaching debut comes Feb. 15 at New Mexico.
HURSH REVERTING BACK TO FORM
Fifteen months after Tommy John surgery, Jason Hursh feels stronger than ever.
And that's big news for an Oklahoma State team searching for an ace to fill the big shoes of Andrew Heaney.
“It's still early, but I hope (to be the ace),” Hursh said. “I feel really good. Worked really hard to get back and it feels really good.”