NORMAN — Prior to arriving at A&M, VanHootegem spent three years at Miami (Fla.), a year at San Diego State, three years at Mississippi State, a year at Cal-Irvine, a year at Texas-Pan American and three years at Arkansas, all in an assistant’s capacity.
In 2009, by a vote of his peers, he was named national assistant coach of the year.
“I’ve always possessed a great admiration for the University of Oklahoma and its commitment to continually enhancing the student-athlete experience,” VanHootegem said. “The opportunity to work for a program that shares my vision for its student-athletes and boasts an extremely passionate fan base truly a special situation.”
Henry may not have liked losing his top assistant, but he endorsed OU’s choice.
“Jim is a good man. He is organized and knows what it takes to build a team,” the A&M head coach said. “He will surround himself with people who can build an excellent program at Oklahoma and embrace those already associated with the program … He is a good friend and will be missed greatly.”