Josh Holliday

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Josh Holliday
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Oklahoma State
Conference Big 12
Record 168–75
Annual salary 450,000
Biographical details
Alma mater Oklahoma State
Playing career
1996–1999 Oklahoma State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–2003 Oklahoma State (asst.)
2004 NC State (asst.)
2005–2007 Georgia Tech (asst.)
2007–2009 Arizona State (asst.)
2010–2012 Vanderbilt (asst.)
2013–present Oklahoma State
Head coaching record
Overall 170–77
Tournaments Big 12: 7-8
NCAA: 12–8
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2014)

Josh Holliday is an American college baseball coach and former professional player in Minor League Baseball. Currently the head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball team, he was hired to this position prior to the 2013 season.[1][2] In 2014, Holliday was the Big 12 Conference Baseball Coach of the Year as OSU claimed the conference regular season championship.

Before becoming head coach of the Cowboys, Holliday played college baseball for OSU while attending as a student. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in 1999, for whom he played two seasons in the minor leagues. He then returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach and subsequently coached as an assistant for NC State, Georgia Tech, Arizona State and Vanderbilt.

College playing career[edit]

The Minnesota Twins drafted Holliday in the 14th round after high school in 1995, but he did not sign. He instead attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) and played college baseball there for the Cowboys. He earned four varsity letters at OSU while playing in 256 games, second all-time with the Cowboys. He ranks highly in many statistical categories among Cowboy greats, placing seventh in home runs (HR) with 53, first in walks (BB) with 225, and in the top five in runs, hits, doubles, total bases, runs batted in (RBI), and hit by pitches.[2]

Minor league career (1999–2000)[edit]

After his college career, Holliday was drafted for the second time. The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the ninth round of the 1999 amateur draft. He played two seasons professionally in Minor League Baseball in the Toronto organization.[1][2] A versatile player, he frequently played first base and catcher, and also appeared at third base, right field and left field.[3]

In 1999 with the Class A short-season St. Catharines Stompers, Holliday produced a .902 on-base plus slugging (OPS) in 71 games. He batted .255, but managed to score 50 runs due in part to drawing 63 walks for a .439 on-base percentage. He also hit 13 doubles and 10 home runs for a .463 slugging percentage. The next season with the Class A Hagerstown Suns, his batting average slipped to .220 in 74 games, but his 52 BB placed his OBP at .381 and he scored 46 runs. His OBP in those two season was .410 in spite of a combined .237 batting average.[3]

Coaching career (2001–present)[edit]

Prior to the 2001 season, Holliday returned to Stillwater to become a student assistant coach under his father, head coach Tom Holliday. He became a full-time staff member the following season and served for two years. Holliday spent the 2004 season at NC State, who made an NCAA Tournament appearance. Following his single season in Raleigh, Holliday was hired as an assistant at ACC rival Georgia Tech, who reached the 2006 College World Series, won the 2005 ACC Tournament, and were among the nation's elite in several offensive categories. Holliday was named to the staff of Arizona State beginning in 2008. During his tenure, the Sun Devils signed the nation's top recruiting class and appeared in the 2009 College World Series. For his efforts, Vanderbilt named him recruiting coordinator and assistant coach in 2010. The Commodores made a run to the College World Series with Holliday on the staff. It was the program's first College World Series appearance.[4] As recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, Holliday helped assemble a roster that would set a SEC record for regular season conference wins with a 26-3 record in 2013,[5] his first year as head coach in Stillwater.[2]

On June 8, 2012, Holliday was named head coach of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, returning to his childhood home to lead the program for which he played. He is the first head coach at OSU who also played for the Cowboys.[2][6]

Head coaching records[edit]

Below is a table of Holliday's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[7]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Oklahoma State 41–19 13–10 2nd NCAA Regional
2014 Oklahoma State 48–16 18–6 1st NCAA Super Regional
2015 Oklahoma State 38–20 14–8 2nd NCAA Regional
2016 Oklahoma State 43–22 16–8 2nd College World Series
Oklahoma State: 170-77 61–32
Total: 170–77

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Family[edit]

Josh's father was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State while Josh grew up and while he played at Oklahoma State. The elder Holliday later served as head coach while Josh was an assistant. Josh's brother, Matt Holliday is a Major League Baseball outfielder and All-Star who has played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics. Josh is married with two children.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oklahoma State hires Josh Holliday". ESPN.com. June 8, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Josh Holliday named Head Baseball Coach". okstate.com. June 8, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Josh Holliday minor league statistics & history". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/vanderbilt-magazine/2011/09/the-dores-of-summer/
  5. ^ http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/051813aaa.html
  6. ^ Eric Bailey (June 8, 2012). "Josh Holliday named OSU's new baseball coach". Tulsa World. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2013 Big 12 Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.