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OU coach top Auburn candidate

Oklahoma head coach Sunny Golloway has emerged as the leading candidate to become Auburn’s next head baseball coach.

Sunny Golloway has won 40 or more games for five consecutive seasons at Oklahoma.

Golloway, who was traveling to visit Auburn with his family Friday, interviewed earlier in the week in Atlanta, sources said. Among others the sources said interviewed were Samford head coach Casey Dunn, Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson, North Carolina pitching coach Scott Forbes and Liberty head coach Jim Toman.

Athletics director Jay Jacobs is searching for a replacement for John Pawlowski, who was fired after his fourth losing SEC record in five seasons as Auburn head coach.

In nine seasons as Oklahoma head coach, Golloway has taken the Sooners to eight NCAA regionals, four super regionals and to one college World Series. His record at Oklahoma is 346-181-1 overall and 116-97-1 in the Big 12. He coached at Oral Roberts from 1996 through 2003, going to NCAA regionals in each of his last five seasons. His overall record is 638-316-1.

This season, Golloway’s Sooners were 43-21 overall, 13-11 in the Big 12 and lost at LSU in a super regional.

Golloway was named the eighth head baseball coach at Oklahoma on July 15, 2005. His appointment was made after successful stints on the Sooner staff as an assistant and interim head coach and at to Oral Roberts.

In 2005, Golloway was elevated from associate head coach to interim head coach on May 1 when Larry Cochell resigned. Golloway rallied the program to a 12-6 mark down the stretch and led the Sooners to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

When Golloway took over the Sooners in 2005, the team was 23-20 with a seventh-place Big 12 record of 7-11.The team won its last three Big 12 series to move its overall record to 35-26 and its Big 12 record to 14-13, good for a fifth-place finish.

Golloway has won 40 or more games six times at Oklahoma, including the last five straight. His 2010 team went 50-10 and played in the College World Series.

As an assistant, Golloway was part of three Oklahoma teams that played in the College World Series, including the 1994 national champions. With Golloway on the staff, the Sooners beat Auburn in the 1994 College World Series and beat the No. 1 seed Tigers twice in 1995 to win the Oklahoma City regional championship.

Born in Springfield, Mo., Golloway grew up in Stillwater, Okla., and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1979. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College in Miami, Okla., for one year before transferring to Oklahoma Christian College, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1984.

Golloway has done graduate work at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three children - Sunni Kate, 23, Taylor, 17, and Callen, 7.

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