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Oklahoma State baseball adds former MLB All-Star Matt Holliday to coaching staff

The Stillwater native will be in charge of offensive development and outfield play.

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Former MLB All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday is heading home to Stillwater to join his older brother Josh Holliday’s coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma State, the program announced Thursday. Matt will be tasked with offensive development and outfield play.

Matt was a seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger winner during his career and won the 2011 World Series with the Cardinals. He played with the Rockies, Cardinals, Athletics and Yankees during his 15-year MLB career from 2004-2018. He was a standout quarterback and baseball player for Stillwater High School prior to being drafted by Colorado in the seventh round of the 1998 MLB Draft.

“Matt’s expertise in hitting and outfield play will fit perfectly within our staff,” Josh said. “Our players will have the opportunity to learn from one of the finest offensive players in baseball history. Matt is a teacher, and his ability to articulate the movements and mindset of the swing is exceptional.”

Matt is excited to return to Stillwater.

“I’m looking forward to the chance to help young men reach their potential in all areas of their lives,” Matt said. “Coaching alongside my brother and the staff he has put together makes me eager to be a part of it. Thanks to Coach Holder and my big brother for giving me this opportunity.”

Matt is the second coaching hire this month for OSU after assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Marty Lees re-joined the Cowboys following four seasons as the head coach at Washington State. During Lees’ first stint at OSU, he helped the Cowboys to three consecutive NCAA Regional trips and the Big 12 regular-season title in 2014.


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