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July 5, 2013

Stillwater baseball coach Tony Holt hangs it up

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STILLWATER — “I’m really looking forward to it, to be honest with you,” Holt said. “I’m looking forward to being a dad, a husband, a brother, a son and just trying to be a better person and doing more things with my family. I’m really looking forward to that extra time to do that. ... Coaching is a big part of my life and most of my friends and people I’ve been around have grown up playing baseball, basketball or football. ... I have some great memories and a lot of great friends. It’s been nothing but a positive experience, but I’m just ready to move on.”

“I’m certainly excited for Tony, if that’s the direction he wanted to go,” Barnard said. “I’m sure he and his family spent a lot of time talking about that and coming to that decision. I’m happy for him that he was able to do that and go in a different direction.”

The only problem? It’s forced Barnard and the athletic staff to scramble once again to fill a coaching vacancy — the third one since March.

“We’ve already started and got the process well under way,” Barnard said. “We talked to several candidates, got some really good coaches that are interested in this job and we’ll have a name for the board meeting on July 16.”

And while Barnard wouldn’t release any names just yet, citing the fact that the board has to approve of the hire before an offer can be made, he said the talent pool for Holt’s replacement was deep — assisted by the fact that Holt hasn’t left the cupboard bare when it comes to talent.

“We’ve got a good baseball program with good talent returning,” Barnard said. “We pretty consistently have good talent coming through this program, so I think it is an enticing job for coaches. We hate to see coach Holt go, but we’re going to have a really great coach to bring in.”

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