Tim Tadlock has had the interim tag removed by Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt, making Tadlock the ninth head baseball coach in school history.

He will be formally introduced at a news conference Friday at noon inside the stadium club at Rip Griffin Park.

"I am very excited to announce Tim Tadlock as Texas Tech's new baseball coach," Hocutt said. "Tim has prepared himself for this tremendous opportunity and honor to lead our baseball program. As one of the nation's most respected recruiters and coaches he has demonstrated the ability to attract, teach and win at the highest level. There are great days ahead for Texas Tech baseball."

Tadlock was named the interim coach on May 21 following the firing of Dan Spencer, who spent four years as head coach. Tadlock joined the Red Raider program as associate head coach in the fall of 2011 and spent one season under Spencer in 2012.

He is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country after producing several of the nation’s top recruiting classes at Oklahoma while helping lead the Sooners back to the College World Series in 2010, the Sooners first trip to Omaha since 1995.

Tadlock also had top-25 nationally ranked recruiting classes by Baseball America in 2006 (11th), 2009 (16th), 2010 (21st) and 2012 (13th). In addition, OU's 2012 recruiting class received a No. 4 ranking this fall by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.