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Skip Johnson

Head Coach

Skip Johnson is in his second season as head coach of the University of Oklahoma baseball program. He was named the 10th head coach in program history in June 2017 after serving one year as the Sooners’ pitching coach.

Prior to coming to Oklahoma, Johnson spent a 25-year coaching career in the state of Texas, including the most recent 10 years as an assistant and associate head coach at the University of Texas. In Johnson’s two seasons in Norman, Oklahoma has reached the NCAA postseason twice.

In 2018, Johnson coached OU to the program’s 38th NCAA Regional and saw nine players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Sooners posted a 38-25 record and reached the finals of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. Outfielder Steele Walker was named a Second-Team All-American by Baseball America and the NCBWA, and pitcher Levi Prater was selected as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Outfielder Kyler Murray, who went on to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy with the OU football team, was the ninth overall selection in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Nine players were drafted, including five in the first 10 rounds (Walker in the second round, pitcher Jake Irvin in the fourth round, pitcher Austin Hansen in the eighth round and outfielder Cade Harris in the 10th round.

Johnson made an immediate impact on the Sooner pitching staff upon his arrival for the 2017 season. Oklahoma pitchers surrendered the fewest home runs in the Big 12 Conference in 2017 and combined for 531 strikeouts to rank fourth in the league and fourth in OU single-season history. The Sooners’ 9.26 strikeouts per nine innings ranked second in the conference. As a team, OU pitchers struck out 10 or more batters on 24 occasions.

Sooner pitchers combined for 17 starts of six innings or more in 2017, including the first two games of the Louisville Regional. Three Oklahoma pitchers were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft. Sooner closer JB Olson was drafted in the 10th round to extend a string of seven straight years with an Oklahoma player chosen in the first 10 rounds. OU saw starter Devon Perez and reliever Vincenzo Aiello selected on day three of the draft.

Johnson was hired as the pitching coach at Texas for the 2007 season under Augie Garrido, who stepped down from his position as the winningest coach in college baseball in May 2016 to take on new duties in the UT athletics department. In 10 seasons, Johnson helped the Longhorns to seven NCAA Regional appearances, four Super Regionals and three College World Series appearances.

During his tenure in Austin, 32 Texas pitchers were selected in the MLB Draft, including 14 in the first 10 rounds and three first-round picks. Johnson also oversaw the development of six Longhorn pitchers who have made it to the big leagues. The Texas pitching staff produced a team earned run average below 3.00 on five occasions and struck out better than 7.5 per-nine-innings in five of his last eight seasons. As Texas reached its second CWS with Johnson on staff in 2011, his pitchers led the Big 12 in ERA (2.35), batting average against (.198) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.28).

Prior to his time in Austin, Johnson was the head coach for 13 years at Navarro College of the NJCAA’s Texas Eastern Athletic Conference. From 1994-2006, he guided the Bulldogs to 13 NJCAA Regionals, nine TEAC championships and four regional titles while compiling 450 wins.

Johnson has also mentored a number of players outside of those he coached at Navarro and UT. Johnson regularly works with three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds. He’s also worked with Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, among others.

A standout baseball player at Denton High School, Johnson began his collegiate playing career at Ranger (Texas) College. After a two-year career there, Johnson moved on to play baseball at the University of North Texas in 1988 before the school dropped its baseball program. He completed his collegiate playing career at UT-Pan American, lettering for the Broncs in 1989 and receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1990. Johnson earned a master’s degree in education from UT-Tyler in 1993.

A native of Denton, Texas, Johnson and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, Tyler and Garrett.

What People Say about Skip:

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Chris Davis

Baltimore Orioles First Baseman

“As far as baseball, Oklahoma is getting the best guy I know of. And I'm talking about high school, college, minor leagues, big leagues. Just as far as knowing the game, being able to relate to players and communicate with them, and being able to understand players, how they tick and how to get the most out of them, I think he's the best at those things. And as far as a person, there aren't too many people out there I hold in higher regard than Skip Johnson. I played for him for two years some 11 years ago and we're better friends now than we ever have been. He's just a really down-to-earth guy and I just can't think of many guys I have more respect for than him.”

Augie Garrido

Former Texas Head Coach

“This is an exciting new era for Oklahoma baseball with the hiring of Skip Johnson. He's going to bring the core values of the state of Oklahoma itself and he's going to bring championship baseball back to Norman and the University of Oklahoma. The legacies of Coach (Enos) Semore, Coach (Larry) Cochell and Coach (Sunny) Golloway have all been a part of his own observation and his own development. I sincerely believe all of us in coaching are influenced by the people who we're surrounded by. He was surrounded by the spirit of Oklahoma baseball and the people in the leadership roles at OU. He's been on the Texas side of it and so he knows about arch rivals from the inside point of view, and he brings with him a background of championship baseball from when he was head coach at Navarro. I think the fans are going to enjoy the authenticity of his core values system, how he relates to the players, the academic demands he'll put on them and the results he'll get both academically and athletically as he provides championship leadership for the University of Oklahoma.”

Tim Tadlock

Texas Tech Head Coach

“I've known Skip since we were on the same Little League team and some things never change. What you see is what you get with Skip. He's a true baseball guy who has earned the right to lead a program like OU. It's neat to see that Joe Castiglione recognized almost 30 years of commitment to the game of college baseball. Skip is baseball all day, every day. Our league just got better.”

Roger Clemens

Former Major League Baseball Pitcher

“Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma Baseball program. Skip Johnson is not only a great coach, but is a fantastic teacher of the game we all love. And even more, he is a solid man who cares about younger men who are trying to reach their goals. I tip my hat to Skip and his wonderful family who have spent countless hours helping all of us to become more successful at our craft.”

Clay Overcash

Assistant Coach

Clay Overcash is in his second season as an assistant coach with the University of Oklahoma baseball program. Overcash arrived in Norman in July 2017 after 18 years as a scout for the Chicago White Sox.

Overcash coaches the OU catchers, assists in all areas of the game, including pitching, and serves as a bench coach on game day.

Overcash played collegiately at Middle Georgia Junior College and USC Upstate; then known as USC Spartanburg, where he earned All-District honors in 1990. He held assistant coaching positions at UNC Asheville and at various Oklahoma high schools, including Union in Tulsa for four years, prior to taking a position within the White Sox.

For the last 18 years, Overcash worked as a Midwest area scout for the White Sox and was involved with the Area Code Games as a part of the Midwest Scout Team. In 2005, Overcash co-founded The Sandlot Sox Organization; a baseball club out of Tulsa. Since its inception, Overcash saw 64 players from the Sandlot selected in the MLB Draft.

Overcash's wife, Melissa (Richie) lettered for the OU women's basketball team from 1991-95. The couple has two children; a son Richie (13) and a daughter Remi (10).

Coaching/Scouting History
  • Oklahoma High School (multiple schools), Assistant Coach
  • UNC Asheville Assistant Coach
  • 1999-17, Chicago White Sox Midwest Scout
  • 2005-17, The Sandlot Sox Organization
  • 2018, Oklahoma Assistant Coach
Playing Experience
  • 1987, Middle Georgia Junior College
  • 1988-90, USC Upstate

Clay Van Hook

Assistant Coach

Clay Van Hook is in his second season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the University of Oklahoma baseball program. Van Hook joined the Sooners in July 2017 after a six-year stint at Rice.

Van Hook creates the team's offensive game plan and works with the infielders, while also coaching third base on game days and coordinating the Sooners' recruiting efforts.

Van Hook played for Johnson at both Navarro College (2004) and Texas (2007). He transferred to UT from Navarro after his freshman season and spent three years at UT, where Johnson arrived as the pitching coach in 2007. As a sophomore in 2005, Van Hook earned All-Big 12 Second Team and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2007.

From 2012-17, Van Hook was on the coaching staff at Rice under long-time head coach Wayne Graham. Hired as the volunteer assistant for the 2012 season, Van Hook was moved into a full-time role in 2013 as the Owls' hitting coach. He also held responsibilities as the team's recruiting coordinator, infielders' coach and coached third base on game days.

Van Hook and the Owls made the NCAA Tournament six times in his six-year tenure and went 2-2 in the 2017 Baton Rouge Regional; falling to LSU in the final round. Rice hitters combined for a .293 batting average in 2017, which ranked sixth in Conference USA and 50th in the NCAA. The Owls peaked in the national ranking at 19th with 127 doubles.

Before joining the staff at Rice, Van Hook served as an assistant coach at McNeese State for three seasons from 2009-11. Van Hook earned his degree at Texas in 2008 while serving as a student-coach. He his wife Selina have a daughter Avery Michel (five) and a son Briscoe (two).

Coaching History
  • 2008, Texas Student Assistant
  • 2009-11, McNeese State Assistant Coach
  • 2012-17, Rice Assistant Coach
  • 2018, Oklahoma Assistant Coach
Playing Experience
  • 2004, Navarro Junior College
  • 2005-07, Texas


Volunteer Assistant

Britt Bonneau joined the Oklahoma baseball staff in August 2018. A former OU baseball player, Bonneau joined the Sooners coaching staff after spending 22 years as head coach at Abilene Christian where he compiled 756 victories.

Bonneau built Abilene Christian into a Division II power before leading the program's transition to Division I beginning with the 2014 season. He led the Wildcats to eight Lone Star Conference South Division titles, two regular season championships and five LSC postseason tournament titles. Bonneau’s teams were also invited to nine of 13 NCAA Division II South Central region tournaments between 2000-13. In 2003, he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II World Series.

A six-time Lone Start Conference Coach of the Year, Bonneau tutored 17 Division II All-Americans, including six first-team selections, as well as 28 all-region selections. He tutored nine LSC MVP's, six LSC Pitchers of the Year and two Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove winners. In the Division I era, he coached five all-Southland Conference players.

Bonneau completed his playing career at Oklahoma in 1992, when he scored 72 runs, knocked 19 doubles, six triples and nine home runs, stole eight bases and drew 55 walks, in helping the Sooners to the College World Series. He spent his first three seasons at Lubbock Christian, where he helped lead LCU to the 1991 NAIA World Series and was named Rawlings Region IV Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. He led the nation in hits (111), runs scored (109) and RBIs (98) and was third in home runs (19).

He began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Texas-San Antonio in 1993 before moving to LCU in 1994 and then ACU in 1996. Bonneau, a native of Farmer’s Branch, Texas, received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 1995 from LCU. He his wife Cari have four daughters: Jaci Giletto and son-in-law Jack Giletto, Mati, Scotlyn and Landry.

Evan Mistich

Volunteer Assistant

Former Sooner Evan Mistich is in his second season working with the Oklahoma baseball team. He oversees the analytics, video and scouting areas of the program.

Mistich, who served as volunteer coach in 2018, was an outfielder and designated hitter as a player at OU from 2011-12. He returned to Oklahoma in a coaching role in spring 2018 after a brief stint as the volunteer assistant at Oral Roberts during fall ball. He began his coaching career at Grayson College in 2017.

In two years at Oklahoma, Mistich was a part of two NCAA Regional teams, including the 2012 team that reached the Super Regionals. He made 94 starts in his Sooner career and hit .289 with five home runs and 51 RBI. Mistich earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team in 2012 and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2011. He began his playing career at Tulane in 2009, where he made 24 starts and hit .256, before moving on to Panola (Texas) Junior College, where he hit .356 with 10 home runs.

Mistich, a native of Houma, La., graduated from Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies.

Houma, La.
Oklahoma '12
Coaching Experience
  • 2017- present Oklahoma, Assistant Coach
  • 2017 Oral Roberts, Assistant Coach
  • 2016-17 Grayson College, Assistant Coach
Playing Experience
  • 2011-12 Oklahoma
  • 2010 Panola Junior College
  • 2009 Tulane

Ryan Gaines

Director of Baseball Operations

Ryan Gaines enters his 14th season as OU baseball's coordinator of baseball operations in 2019. Gaines completed his first season on the staff in 2006 after returning to OU on August 1, 2005.

Gaines is responsible for the day-to-day operations off the fi eld, including team travel, serving as a liaison with the training room, equipment room, media relations, strength and conditioning, athletics administration and Home Run Club. He is also the camp director for the Oklahoma Baseball Camp.

The Harrah, Okla., native worked as a student trainer for the University of Oklahoma baseball and football teams from the fall of 1991 to spring of 1995.

In addition, he was the team trainer for the Peninsula Oilers baseball team in Kenai, Alaska, for three years, including the 1993 and 1994 seasons when the Oilers won back-to-back NBC World Series championships.

In 1996, he landed at Oral Roberts University where he served as the baseball team's administrative assistant in 1996 and 1997. Prior to his stint in Norman, he worked in the sporting goods industry as a successful team salesman from August of 1997 to July of 2005.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Gaines received his bachelor's degree in health and sports science in 1996.

Gaines and his wife, Kate, have two children, Hannah (18) and Gabe (14).

Harrah, Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
  • 1996-1997 - Oral Roberts University Baseball
  • 2005 - present - University of Oklahoma