Sunny Golloway says his Auburn team will ‘win quickly’

AUBURN, Ala. — In his first appearance as Auburn’s baseball coach, Sunny Golloway didn’t lack enthusiasm.

“I will tell you this: We’re going to win, and we’re going to win quickly,” Golloway said at his introductory press conference Saturday. “The resources are in place, so it’s about moving forward.”

It is a fairly bold statement from Golloway.

He was succesful in eight seasons at Oklahoma, where he led the Sooners to seven NCAA regional berths, four super regionals and the 2010 College World Series.

But he takes over an Auburn program that failed to make a regional for three straight years.

The school fired John Pawlowski, who went 167-126 in five seasons. This year, the Tigers went 33-23 overall and finished last in the Southeastern Conference Western

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced the hiring of Golloway on Friday night.

Golloway cited coaching in the Southeastern Conference and “the history of the Auburn program” as big reasons for the move.

But money surely played a role. Jacobs said Saturday that Golloway will make $650,000 per year, making him one of the highest-paid baseball coach in the SEC (Paul Mainieri makes $750,000 per year at LSU).

Golloway turned Oklahoma into a consistent winner after coaching Oral Roberts for eight seasons.

He has a career record of 681-337-1, including 12 seasons with at least 40 wins.

The Sooners, led by star right-hander and No. 3 overall draft pick Jonathan Gray, won the Big 12 tournament and made it to the Baton Rouge Super Regional, where they lost to LSU in two games.