After spending four seasons as Auburn's player personnel director, Scott Fountain has returned to the field as the Tigers' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for the 2013 campaign.
"Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach for my staff at Arkansas State," said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. "He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic, and his strong ties in the state of Alabama are a great asset to our program."
Fountain, a part of three ACC and an SEC championship team, was a key figure in Auburn's administrative and recruiting efforts from 2009-12, helping the Tigers sign three consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes. He came to Auburn along with Coach Gene Chizik after spending two seasons (2007-08) on Chizik's staff at Iowa State as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Beginning his college coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Florida State from 1994-96, when the Seminoles went to two Sugar Bowls and an Orange Bowl, he joined the UCF staff in 1997 as offensive guards and centers coach and co-recruiting coordinator. He spent seven seasons at UCF, becoming offensive tackles/tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 1998-2003. In 2004-05, he was offensive line coach at Middle Tennessee, before moving to Georgia Southern in 2006 as offensive line and assistant head coach.
Some of the notable players he has coached include Ryan Flinn (UCF punter who spent four seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys, Falcons, Packers and Dolphins); Matt Prater (UCF kicker who now holds the franchise tag for the Denver Broncos); and Leonard Johnson (an all-Big 12 player who set an NCAA record for kick return yardage at Iowa State and is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He also mentored Josh Harris (Auburn long snapper) who is now with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Fountain began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Flomaton (Ala.) High School in 1988, and moved to his high school alma mater W.S. Neal as an assistant in 1989 before being named head coach at Frisco City (Ala.) High in 1990. After three seasons with Frisco City, he became head coach at Monroe County for the 1993 campaign.
Fountain earned a bachelor's degree in physical education (K-12) from Samford in 1988 and a master's degree in educational leadership from Florida State in 1998.
A native of East Brewton, Ala., Fountain is married to the former Rosie Hidalgo, who attended Valencia (Fla.) Community College and Iowa State. They have four sons: Brookes, Hunter, Tanner and Skyler.