July 22, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
Scott Foxhall and Matt Heath have been named assistant baseball coaches at Auburn, announced Auburn Head Baseball Coach John Pawlowski on Tuesday. The pair join Pawlowski on the Plains after serving under him at the College of Charleston.
"I am really excited about bringing Scott and Matt on board here at Auburn," Pawlowski said. "I think they will be great additions to the Auburn baseball program. They both have a tremendous amount of energy and experience, which will have an immediate impact on our program."
Foxhall spent nine years as an assistant to Pawlowski at the College of Charleston where he was the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach while Heath will begin his third season as a part of Pawlowski's staff after joining him at the College of Charleston prior to the 2007 season.
"They have been with me for a number of years and that makes the transition a little easier," Pawlowski said. "That allows me to keep my same system in place and I think Auburn will benefit immediately from the addition of these guys."
"My excitement for being back at Auburn is two-fold," Foxhall said. "First, it is an honor to be part of such a prestigious institution and a tradition-rich athletic program. Second, I'm thrilled to be able to continue my career with one of the best coaches in the country in John Pawlowski. I look forward to joining Coach Pawlowski and Coach Heath in winning future championships at Auburn."
"I am very excited to get back to the SEC," Heath said. "Having been a player in the conference, I know it is one of the toughest conferences to play in and I am looking forward to the challenges that brings with it. I am also appreciative of the opportunity that Coach Pawlowski and Auburn has given me and I can't wait to get to know the players and really get started."
Over the last five seasons, Foxhall has coached the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year four times and has had 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 tenure, 36 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 55 all-conference selections, 18 SoCon all-tournament selections, 17 All-America honorees, five Freshman All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans. In all, 19 of his former pitchers have been selected in the MLB draft, including five in the first 10 rounds.
Foxhall, 37, 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 two children, Kade and Kenze.
The hitting coach at College of Charleston, Heath helped the Cougar hitters rank 10th nationally in batting average (.334), first in runs scored per game (10.6), home runs (130) and slugging percentage (.607), second in runs (627) and doubles per game (2.73) and seventh in walks (328) in 2008.
His 2007 squad was just as impressive, leading the NCAA in batting average (.350), slugging percentage (.570) and runs scored per game (9.5), establishing six school records along the way: runs per game (9.5), slugging percentage (.570), RBI (513), home runs (92), runs scored (552) and hits (760), with five of those records being topped last season.
Heath joined Pawlowski at College of Charleston after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Tallahassee Community College where he worked with the catcher, infielders and hitters. The TCC team ranked in the top five in Florida both seasons in average (.322), home runs (92) and runs per game (7.7).
A native of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Heath attended Fernandina Beach high School where he was named the north Florida Player of the Year. After graduation he played at Florida from 1999-00 before transferring to LSU, playing in 2001-02.
At LSU, Heath was a two-time All-SEC Tournament selection, making the team as a catcher in 2001 and an outfielder a year later. In 2002, he led LSU in home runs (10) and runs scored (57). That season he was also selected to the NCAA Regional All-tournament Team at the Baton Rouge Regional.
After playing at LSU, Heath signed a pro contract and played in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for two seasons before completing his degree at LSU and beginning his coaching career.