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June 8, 2012Draft week is always the start of transition for college coaches as players leave to start professional careers. Vanderbilt, however, will be replacing more than a few players off its roster for next season: assistant coach Josh Holliday announced on Friday that he's leaving Nashville to become the head coach at Oklahoma State.
Holliday played at OSU from 1996 to 1999, where he had a storied career playing for his father, Tom Holliday. He his coaching career started the next year, and nine years later, he came to Vanderbilt to be coach Tim Corbin's recruiting coordinator and also its hitting coach.
Holliday hit the mark in both regards. VU's hitters begun to exhibit more patience at the plate, and in turn become more productive. In Corbin's 10 years at VU, two of the three-highest run outputs came under Holliday's watch: 2010 (481) and 2011 (459).
As a recruiter, Holliday was fantastic. His last two recruiting classes were named No. 1 by at least one major publication.
"He's the best of the very best. He has rare qualities, is very smart but humble and is a tremendous teacher. He is in coaching for the right reasons. I love he, his wife and his kids," Corbin said on Friday.
"They are a perfect college baseball family. Oklahoma State is very fortunate to have Josh and his family back in Stillwater. The community will experience a very positive and healthy culture because of his presence. Personally, we will miss he, Jenny, Liv and Brady greatly."
As of Friday afternoon, there appears to be no short list of candidates for the vacancy.