May 28, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs says he will hire a new baseball coach "as efficiently as we possibly can," adding his timetable will enable him to find a coach who can consistently put the Tigers in a position to compete for championships.
Jacobs dismissed John Pawlowski as his baseball coach Monday after five seasons that included one NCAA Tournament appearance, four SEC Tournament appearances and a 3-9 post-season record.
Jacobs said his search would be thorough, but said potential candidates could be in post-season play. Auburn, as protocol, does not contact coaches before their seasons are finished.
Pawlowski compiled a 167-126 overall record and a 71-79 SEC mark at Auburn. His 2010 team won the SEC West, but his four other teams had losing conference records.
This season's team was left out of the NCAA Tournament on Monday despite a nice run to close out the regular season. The Tigers lost their only SEC Tournament game last week and finished 33-23 overall and 13-17 in the SEC.
Jacobs said seeing nine other SEC teams make the NCAA Tournament on Monday did not influence his decision.
"The factor wasn't they all made it. The factor was we didn't," Jacobs said. "We're disappointed we didn't get in, particularly the way we played down the stretch. But this had to do with Auburn and our expectations for Auburn baseball."
Jacobs will look for more in his new coach.
"We'll hire somebody who'll take us to the NCAA Tournament and give our kids a chance to get to Omaha," he said. "Our tradition in baseball has been one of success.
"The bottom line is these student-athletes are here to win championships. Unfortunately, we have not been in a spot where we've been successful in the SEC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament. We're going to give somebody else a chance, and we expect to go to the NCAAs and have a chance to compete for championships."
Jacobs said he will hire "somebody who knows how to win, somebody who has character and integrity and somebody who will develop our baseball players on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
Jacobs told Pawlowski of his decision Monday.
"Coach Pawlowski worked extremely hard throughout his time here, and he has been a great representative for Auburn University," Jacobs said.
Pawlowski said he appreciated "the opportunity I had here at Auburn and I wish nothing but the best for this program and Auburn University. I'm grateful for the student-athletes that have played in this program, and I wish them all the success in the future."
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