Texas' head coach Augie Garrido, left, and associate head coach Skip Johnson watch as their team competes against Texas Tech during a NCAA college baseball game at Disch-Falk Field Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Former Texas assistant hired to lead Oklahoma’s baseball team

Posted June 19th, 2017

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Next season, Texas’ biggest rival will be led by an old friend.

Oklahoma announced on Monday that Skip Johnson has been named its baseball team’s 10th head coach. Johnson served as Pete Hughes’ pitching coach at Oklahoma in 2016. Hughes resigned earlier this month.

“It’s an exciting new day for Sooner baseball with the hiring of Skip Johnson as our head coach,” Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione said in a press release. “Once our search got underway last week, we spoke to many people throughout the youth, college and professional baseball worlds about the candidates we were considering, and the information gleaned from those conversations further validated our belief that Skip is the right and the best choice for our program now and going forward.”

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This is the second head coaching job for Johnson, who was in charge at Navarro College from 1994-2006. In Austin, Johnson is better known for his stint at Texas’ pitching coach. Johnson worked with UT hurlers from 2007-16, and 32 of his pitchers were drafted.

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – Texas assistant coach, Skip Johnson signals for left hander #29, Jon Malmin after #48, Ty Marlow, looking on, had an injury against UT San Antonio during the fourth inning of NCAA baseball game held at UFCU Disch Falk Field on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Johnson left Texas when Augie Garrido was reassigned following the 2016 season. Tommy Nicholson, who was Garrido’s other assistant coach in 2016, was hired as an assistant at Sacramento State this past year. He helped lead the Hornets to the NCAA tournament this season.

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