NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma and head baseball coach Sunny Golloway announced Tuesday the hiring of assistant coach Tim Tadlock. Tadlock will join the Sooner coaching staff for the 2006 season where he will work with the hitters and serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Tadlock comes to Norman after nine successful seasons as the head coach at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas. Under Tadlock, the Vikings posted an impressive 435-130 (.770) mark and participated in five Junior College World Series. Tadlock led his club to five conference championships and two NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Championships in 1999 and 2000, when he was also named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year. While at Grayson, Tadlock also served as the school’s athletics director, a position he began in August 2000.
“We are very excited about the addition of Tim Tadlock to our coaching staff,” said Golloway. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the areas of recruiting and hitting. Our players will benefit from his great experience, as will our program.
“He is a proven winner and his success speaks for itself, but what is even more impressive about coach Tadlock is how his players speak so highly of him. With his recruiting expertise, we will continue to recruit strongly in the state of Oklahoma, but we will also recruit nationally and with a stronger presence in Texas.”
Under his tutelage, numerous players have been drafted and excelled in Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates. Among those are Victor Diaz (New York Mets), John Lackey (Anaheim Angels), Brian Tallet (Cleveland Indians), Jason Alfaro (AAA-Blue Jays), Jeremy Fikac (AAA-Giants), Kevin Thompson (AAA-Yankees), Andy LaRoche (AA-Dodgers) and Trey Lunsford (AA-Giants).
The native has also recruited and coached former OU players Andrew McGuire (2003-04) and Garrett Patterson (2004-05) and current Sooner Daniel McCutchen.
“I am really excited to work with the whole staff at the University of Oklahoma and I am looking forward to being a part of a baseball program that is extremely rich in tradition,” said Tadlock. “My goal as an assistant coach, with my knowledge of coaching and recruiting, will be to help this program perform at a high level and get back to Omaha.
“OU has done a tremendous job of recruiting, especially in the past couple of years, and we will continue to try and bring in the best players from around the country.”
Before his stint at Grayson, Tadlock was an assistant coach at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, a position he held for four years and took shortly after graduating from Texas Tech. As a Red Raider, Tadlock was an everyday shortstop and helped Texas Tech to a 42-18 overall record in 1991, the program’s first 40-win season.
Tadlock attended Hill College for two years before finishing his bachelor’s degree in physical education in May 1992 from Texas Tech. He also attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Tyler and obtained his masters degree in education in August 1994.
Tadlock and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Kelly (4) and Benjamin (2).