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Doug Sisson, a former Major League coach and 23-year professional baseball coaching veteran is an assistant baseball coach at Auburn. He joined the Tigers’ baseball staff before the 2016 season.
In his first season on the Plains in 2016, Auburn hitters posted its best home run total in five years as well as its highest total of extra-base hits since 2012 and a team batting average increase of more than 20 points.
Under Sisson’s tutelage, outfielder Anfernee Grier was named an All-American, drafted No. 39 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks and increased his home run total to 12 as a junior after totaling just two in his first two collegiate seasons.
Outfielder Joshua Palacios was selected in the third round by Toronto and first baseman Niko Buentello was drafted in the 19th round by Detroit.
Sisson joined the Auburn staff following three years in the Chicago White Sox organization as the Minor League outfield and base running coordinator. In 2015, the White Sox finished with 659 stolen bases across five levels of its minor league system – among the top totals in all of MiLB.
In his 23 seasons working in professional baseball, Sisson managed or developed more than 50 current or former Major League players including nine-time All-Star and 2004 American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero.
Before joining the White Sox, Sisson spent five seasons with the Kansas City Royals, two seasons as major league first base coach in charge of outfield and base running (2011-12) and three years as the Minor League Coordinator of Instruction (2008-10).
In that time, Sisson was instrumental in the creation of Kansas City’s culture of aggressive offense and strong defense. He contributed in the development and coaching of All-Stars Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Billy Butler along with Gold Glove winner Eric Hosmer and four-time Gold Glove honoree and three-time All-Star Alex Gordon.
He also played a key role in Kansas City’s base running tactics that resulted in Kansas City finishing among the league leaders in stolen bases in 2011 and 2012. Under Sisson’s guidance, Gordon (2011, 20) and Jeff Francouer (2012, 19) finished as the American League leaders in outfield assists.
Sisson has managed or coached in the minor league organizations of the Texas Rangers (1991-94), Montreal Expos (1995-2000), the St. Paul Saints (2001 Independent League), Anaheim Angels (2002), the Nationals (2003-05), as well as Kansas City (2007-12) and Chicago [AL] (2013-15).
From 2006-07, Sisson enjoyed a successful run in the college ranks. He served as associate head coach and hitting coach at the University of Georgia for two seasons, including a trip to the 2006 College World Series. Under Sisson’s tutelage as hitting coach, the Bulldogs went from worst to first in batting average in 2006 finishing the season with a team mark of .309 and led the SEC in home runs with 78. Additionally, Gordon Beckham was named a 2007 Golden Spikes finalist and selected in the first round of the 2007 draft by the Chicago White Sox.
In his role as recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs, Sisson’s 2007 class featured 11 players that were ultimately drafted, the highest total from a single recruiting class in Georgia baseball history.
Georgia was Sisson’s third stint as a college coach. He began his coaching career in 1987, spending two seasons as an assistant at Montevallo which won a conference title in 1988. From 1988-91, he was an assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern, which won the conference championship in his final year.
A native of Titusville, Fla., Sisson played collegiately at the University of Montevallo and earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from there in 1986 and a masters in physical education in 1988.
Sisson and his wife Angela have two daughters, Tori and Delaney.