Feb. 16, 2009
Alabama native Scott Fountain, who served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa State under Gene Chizik for two seasons, has been hired in an administrative role with the football program, Chizik announced Monday. A native of East Brewton, Fountain played collegiately at Samford and also coached at the high school level for six seasons in Alabama, before coaching for the last 15 years at the collegiate level.
"I've had the pleasure to coach with Scott at Central Florida and have him as part of my coaching staff at Iowa State, so I'm very excited to have him join me at Auburn," Chizik said. "Scott's roots are in this state. He is a tremendous coach and individual, and he will play an important role in the success of this program."
Fountain was a four-year letterman at offensive line at Samford under head coach Terry Bowden, starting every game during his four-year career from 1984-87.
"I cherish the chance to work with Coach Chizik again, while returning to the great state of Alabama and having a tremendous opportunity to work at Auburn," Fountain said.
Foutain, 42, served as an assistant coach at Flomaton High School and at his high school alma mater, W.S. Neal, for one season each before being named head coach at Frisco City High School in 1990. After a three-year stint at Frisco City, he was head coach at Monroe County for a year.
Fountain's college coaching career began in 1994 as an offensive graduate assistant at Florida State. The Seminoles made postseason appearances in the Sugar Bowl (1995, 1997) and the Orange Bowl (1996) and won three ACC titles during his three seasons.
Fountain went to Central Florida in 1997, where he spent seven seasons as an assistant, serving on the same staff with Chizik from 1998-01. He was the offensive guards and centers coach, while also serving as co-recruiting coordinator for his first season, before taking over as the offensive tackles and tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator position for his final six seasons. UCF's offense ranked among the nation's top 30 six times during his tenure.
Following his stint at Central Florida, Fountain was the offensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State from 2004-05 and was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Georgia Southern in 2006.
At Iowa State, Fountain had a tremendous impact as tight ends coach, as in 2008, Cyclone tight ends combined to catch 40 balls for 532 yards and three TDs. ISU's 2008 recruiting class produced 11 true freshmen who contributed last season, including freshman All-America kick returner Leonard Johnson and wide receiver Darius Darks, who set the ISU freshman record for receptions.
Fountain had been retained by Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads and was coaching tight ends and offensive tackles before his appointment at Auburn.
Fountain earned a bachelor's degree from Samford in 1988 and a master's degree from Florida State in 1998.
Fountain and his wife Rosie have three sons, Brookes, Hunter and Tanner.