The team is looking for a fourth straight SEC Tournament berth and a second NCAA Tournament berth under Pawlowski.
Departs after three seasons on the Plains
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The 2013 season will be Scott Foxhall's fifth at Auburn and his 13th overall alongside head coach John Pawlowski.
The architect of Auburn's recruiting classes, Foxhall has continued to land some of the top talent not only in the southeast but across the country, signing the ninth-best class in the country for the 2013 season and the 23rd-best class in 2012, giving Auburn back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes for the first time since 2005-06.
Auburn's pitching coach his first three seasons at Auburn, Foxhall helped the staff record three straight 400-plus strike out seasons, something it hadn't done since the late 1990s, while turning Derek Varnadore (2012 9th Rd.) and Grant Dayton (2010 - 11th Rd.) into first-time MLB Draft picks. As a junior in 2011 Varnadore became Auburn's first pitching triple crown winner since Brent Schoening in 1999, leading the team in wins (six), ERA (3.68) and strike outs (74) while tossing 88 innings as the ace of the Auburn staff.
Auburn's 2010 season was a major step forward for the program and the pitching staff in particular as it won 43 games, the seventh-most in school history, and had five pitchers taken in the 2010 MLB Draft, three of which had never been drafted before. Junior Grant Dayton was a Second Team All-SEC selection, the first Auburn starting pitcher to be voted to one of the All-SEC Teams since Chris Bootcheck in 2000, and was one of the five drafted.
As a unit, Auburn's pitching staff lowered its ERA by over a full run from 2009 to 2010 despite throwing 75 more innings and had its highest strikeout total since 1999, fanning 484, which was sixth-best in the SEC.
When Pawlowski made the move from the College of Charleston to the Plains in the summer of 2008 he didn't need to look far to find his recruiting coordinator and top assistant coach, bringing his trusted assistant Foxhall along with him to reshape the Auburn pitching staff while maintaining the continued success of recruiting that the pair enjoyed together at CofC.
In his first season at Auburn, Foxhall, 41, helped a trio of pitchers make the move from SEC role players to MLB Draft picks. He also helped Austin Hubbard make the leap from a middle reliever/midweek starter role to one of the top closers in the SEC as he racked up 12 saves, fourth-best in Auburn single-season history and tied for the conference lead at the end of the regular season.
Before heading to Auburn, Foxhall had an outstanding final five seasons at the College of Charleston, coaching the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year four times while also molding one of the better overall pitching staffs in the league. In 2008 his staff led the conference in strikeouts (480) and saves (18) while his 2007 staff led the SoCon in strikeouts (445) and opponent batting average (.275) and was second in the league with a 4.82 ERA.
In 2006 the CofC pitching staff ranked second nationally with a 3.02 ERA behind eventual 2007 13th-round pick Nick Chigges, who went 11-2, earned All-America honors and was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year in both 2006 and 2007, the first time a player repeated as the winner in league history.
In 2005 Foxhall's pitching staff led the Southern Conference with a 4.09 ERA while in 2004 he led a very young but talented corps of pitchers to a school- and SoCon-record of 47 wins and a 4.35 team ERA, holding opponents to a conference-low .268 batting average against.
During Foxhall's coaching tenures at Auburn and CofC, 50 players have been drafted, three players have been named SoCon Player of the Year, four have been named Pitcher of the Year and one has been named the conference Freshman of the Year. He has also helped recruit 56 all-conference selections, 18 SoCon all-tournament selections, 17 All-America honorees, five Freshman All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans. In all, 24 of his former pitchers have been selected in the MLB draft, including five in the first 10 rounds.
Foxhall was a three-time letter winner for the College of Charleston from 1992-94 after spending a year at Auburn as a walk-on. He is among College of Charleston's all-time leaders in strikeouts (156), games started (28), complete games (nine) and innings pitched (193.2). The Greer, S.C., native earned a degree in Education.
Foxhall and his wife, the former Laura Ballenger, have twin children, Kade and Kennedy (5).
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