July 9, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Pete Hughes, who was named the University of Oklahoma baseball coach on June 27, has announced his OU coaching staff. Hughes brings in Mike Anderson, formerly the head coach at Nebraska, and retains pitching coach Jack Giese and coordinator of baseball operations Ryan Gaines.
Anderson coached the Huskers for nine seasons from 2003-11, leading them to a College World Series appearance in 2005. He owns a 337-196-2 career record and led Nebraska to a 125-116-1 record in the Big 12 Conference, including regular season championships in 2003 and 2005 as well as Big 12 Coach of the Year awards in those two seasons. The Huskers added a Big 12 Tournament Championship at the conclusion of 2005.
"Mike is one of the most accomplished head coaches in the profession," stated Hughes. "He has recruited players to teams that have gone on to Omaha. He is truly a first class human being."
In nine seasons, Nebraska made the NCAA Tournament five times, all in Anderson's first six seasons. The Huskers hosted an NCAA Regional on four occasions over that stretch, including 2006 when they earned a national seed for the first time in program history.
For the 2013 season, Anderson coached at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.
Prior to being named the head coach, Anderson served as an assistant at Nebraska from 1994-02, helping the Huskers reach Omaha for the first time in 2001 and again in 2002. He made his debut coaching at the collegiate level in 1992 at his alma mater, Northern Colorado. Anderson also worked as a head coach at the Northern Colorado Lab School for four years as well as spending two seasons as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Anderson played outfield at Northern Colorado from 1983-86 and later returned to earn his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1990 after a three-year stint in the California Angels farm system.
Anderson was an eighth-round draft pick of the Angels in 1986 and spent three seasons with the Palm Springs Angels of the California League.
He and his wife Kim have four children: Kaleigh, Taylor, Madison and Andie.
Giese will return for a third season on the OU staff after coaching a Sooner pitching staff that has accumulated 1,054 strikeouts and an 8.02 strikeout-per-nine innings ratio over the past two seasons. Under Giese's guidance, Oklahoma has had nine pitchers drafted.
"I am thrilled to continue the great lineage of pitchers that have come through Oklahoma by keeping Jack on staff," said Hughes. "His track record speaks for itself on the recruiting trail. Jack is a valuable asset whom I felt was very important to keep on staff as a connection to the recruits we have coming in."
Gaines has also been retained and will begin his ninth year on the OU baseball staff in the role of coordinator of baseball operations. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations off the field, including travel and serving as the liaison with the athletic training, equipment, media relations and strength and conditioning staffs. Gaines also serves as the director for the Oklahoma Baseball Camp.
"Nobody has a better firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of OU athletics and the baseball program," Hughes said of Gaines. "Ryan will be a valuable asset over a period of transition for our staff."