A former Red Raider athlete is returning to Dan Law Field as a coach.

Former student-athlete and Oklahoma assistant coach Tim Tadlock will now serve as associate head baseball coach for Texas Tech.

The announcement came from fourth-year head coach Dan Spencer Tuesday morning. Spencer discussed Tadlock, saying “Tim is considered one of the elite college coaches and recruiters in the nation. He will be an asset to our program and we are excited for him to join us.”

The 42-year-old Tadlock has spent the last six years producing top recruiting classes at Oklahoma, and his 2006 class ranked fourth nationwide by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, their best showing since 1987.

Tadlock played for Coach Larry Hays at Texas Tech in 1990 and 1991, before beginning a career in college coaching in 1992. He has served as an assistant at Hill College and head coach at Grayson County Junior College. During his time at Grayson, he coached the team to two consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association World Series titles in 1999 and 2000, and recorded the highest winning percentage of any collegiate coach, with a .774 winning percentage.

Tadlock also held the position of director of athletics at Grayson from 2000 to 2005.