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June 8, 2012

OSU introduces Josh Holliday as next baseball coach

STILLWATER, Okla. — The search for a new Oklahoma State baseball coach has ended with a familiar name — Holliday.

Stillwater High School graduate and former Oklahoma State player Josh Holliday was named the next coach for Oklahoma State baseball at a press conference Friday, replacing Frank Anderson, who was fired after nine years at the helm.

“I’m very honored and very humbled to be given an opportunity to come back to OSU and return to a place that has meant so much to me and my family over the past 30-plus years,” Holliday said. “I’m excited about the unique opportunity to build a future with a program that celebrates and recognizes its proud history, embraces the current players and works towards a future that everyone will be proud of and unite behind.”

Holliday — who was an assistant at Oklahoma State under his father Tom Holliday from 2001 to 2003 — had been an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for the last three years.

“I talked to some really big names in the sport, but I can tell you that Josh Holliday’s name kept popping up on the radar,” Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said.

“I feel really at peace with the decision we’ve made here,” Holder said. “I think this is a bright future for Cowboy baseball. ... I hope we have a great run here. We’d like to win some games, but more importantly we’re all about how we go about business here.

“We want to play by the rules, we want to put a product on the field we can be proud of, we want to have a team that’s disciplined — goes to class, makes grades, graduates and does all the things that we stand for. And I’m convinced that Josh Holliday is the guy to get that job done.”

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