After a short period of time, the Oklahoma Sooners have closed the search for the next head baseball coach opening. After parting ways with Pete Hughes last, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione made the announcement of the new hire. Former assistant and pitching coach, Skip Johnson has been given the nod.
“It’s an exciting new day for Sooner baseball with the hiring of Skip Johnson as our head coach,” said Castiglione. “Once our search got underway last week, we spoke to many people throughout the youth, college and professional baseball worlds about the candidates we were considering, and the information gleaned from those conversations further validated our belief that Skip is the right and the best choice for our program now and going forward.”
Knowing pitching is what carries a program, Johnson joined the Oklahoma staff last year. Making an immediate impact, the Sooner bullpen gave up the least number of homeruns in the Big 12 Conference. Even more so, the same bullpen recorded 531 strikeouts to rank fourth in the league. As improvements continue, the number of wins is expected to go up.
Returning to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, there’s no denying Johnson played a role in the success. Simply put, the new head coach knows what it takes to win not only in the Big 12 but also on the national scene. Welcome aboard once again Skip!