Josh Holliday returned home to take over the Oklahoma State baseball program when he was named the 15th head coach in program history on June 8, 2012.
The Oklahoma State alumnus and native of Stillwater had served the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt and established himself as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches over the last decade.
“I’m very honored and very humbled to be given an opportunity to come back to OSU and return to a place that has meant so much to me and my family over the past 30-plus years,” Holliday said. “I’m excited about the unique opportunity to build a future with a program that celebrates and recognizes its proud history, embraces the current players and works towards a future that everyone will be proud of and unite behind.
Former Oklahoma State standout Rob Walton returned to Stillwater in June 2012 to join Cowboy head coach Josh Holliday’s staff as pitching coach.
Walton’s tutelage has been a big key to OSU teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Louisville Regional finals before winning a Big 12 Conference championship and advancing to a Super Regional in 2014.
Walton made an immediate impact in his first season. The Cowboys’ pitching staff finished with a 3.04 ERA, the lowest by an OSU staff since 1973, and ranked in the top 10 nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio.
A coaching veteran who has spent nearly two decades at the collegiate and professional levels, James Vilade comes to OSU after spending the last four seasons on the coaching staff of the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers' Double A affiliate.
"We are excited to welcome James and his family to OSU and to Stillwater," Holliday said. "James has strong core values when it comes to coaching and developing young men, and his experience in the game across many levels makes him very skilled in the areas of recruiting, player development and scouting. We look forward to the positive energy and passion James brings to our program as we continue to build strong relationships with current, future and past Cowboys. Our current and future players will benefit from James' unique ability to teach the game and his contagious positive energy for people.
"James brings tremendous teaching experience gained not only as a college coach but also with the Texas Rangers organization while helping develop some of their elite young players over the past several seasons and working with the player development staff of one of the finest organizations in baseball."
Mark Ginther is in his second season on OSU’s full-time staff and will serve as the Cowboys’ player development coordinator as he continues a career with the program that began as a player.
Ginther was a four-year letterwinner for the Cowboys from 2009-12. Primarily a third baseman, the Tulsa native played in 209 career games and recorded a .296 batting average, 32 home runs, 140 RBIs and 50 doubles and ranks in the top 10 all-time at OSU in doubles and at-bats. He was a two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 performer and played on two NCAA Tournament teams during his tenure.
Ginther was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft three times, one following his prep career at Jenks High School and twice while at OSU. Following his senior season with the Cowboys, he was a 24th-round pick of Arizona and played in 62 games with the Yakima Bears at the Class-A Short Season level in 2012.
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