Central region

Skip Johnson Named Central Region Coach of the Year

It’s been a fantastic 2022 season for Oklahoma baseball, and much of the credit goes to the head coach Skip Johnson.

Johnson, in his fifth season in charge of Sooners baseball, led Oklahoma to a 45-24 record and second-place finish in the Men’s College World Series, and this week was named Coach of the Year. of the Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The Sooners were 18-12 through April 12, but after that span they caught fire, finishing the rest of the season with a 27-12 record, including making their 11th appearance in the MCWS.

Oklahoma was projected by Big 12 coaches to finish sixth in the conference standings in the annual conference preseason poll. Instead, the Sooners finished tied at three for second place. won the Big 12 Championship and became only the second Big 12 school to advance to the MCWS Championship Series since Texas accomplished the feat in 2009.

Second place in the Big 12 was OU’s highest in Johnson’s five seasons as head coach. Before coming to Norman, Johnson was an assistant for 10 years in Texas.

OU spent the final six weeks of the season, including the entire playoffs, on the road, going 14-5 in that span.

In his five seasons in Oklahoma, the Sooners are 157-103 (.602). The team’s 45 wins this season are the most by a Sooner side since winning 50 games in 2010.

In addition to Johnson’s postseason honor, three Sooner players earned All-America status. Second-year shortstop Peyton Graham was named first-team and pitching All-American Jake Bennett and Michael Trevin Second-team All-Americans.