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Auburn assistant baseball coach Scott Foxhall will be retained on new head coach Sunny Golloway's staff as the Tigers' pitching coach, Golloway announced Wednesday.

"After meeting with Scott on a few occasions and visiting with him, it became very apparent to me that he has the ability and experience to lead our pitching staff towards the championships that we pursue," Golloway said. "I visited with many high school and junior college coaches in our recruiting base area, and also talked to many pitching coaches around the SEC, and have heard nothing but rave reviews regarding Scott's ability to not only coach student-athletes, but also recruit outstanding prospective student-athletes to our Auburn campus.

"I am extremely excited to have him join our staff and know that he believes in our philosophy of recruiting players of the best character and athleticism to form a championship-caliber team year in and year out. This became apparent to me because of the character and true love for Auburn University that Scott Foxhall revealed in our conversations. We are fortunate and blessed to have him within our family."

Foxhall will enter his sixth season at Auburn in 2013-14. The architect of Auburn's last several recruiting classes, he has continued to land some of the top talent in the southeast and from around the country. His class for the 2013 season was ranked ninth-best in the country by Baseball America and 22nd by Collegiate Baseball, and he pulled in the 23rd-best class in 2012, giving Auburn back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes for the first time since 2005-06.

"I am equally excited and very grateful to be a part of Auburn baseball and to be in Coach Golloway's system of winning," Foxhall said. "Sunny's vision for the success of Auburn baseball is impressive. I am looking forward to passionately implementing his vision with our current players and on the recruiting trail."

Foxhall will once again be the Tigers' pitching coach, a position he held his first three years on the Plains.  In his 16 years as a collegiate coach, Foxhall has seen 29 of his pitchers selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including seven in the first 10 rounds. He has also helped numerous pitchers improve their draft status by an average of 28 rounds. All seven of his players that went in the first 10 rounds were undrafted prospects before playing for Foxhall.

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, 54 total players have been drafted, four players have been named conference 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 57 all-conference selections, 17 All-America honorees, five Freshman All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans.

Two of Foxhall's former players at C of C are currently playing in the major leagues – outfielder Brett Gardner (Yankees) and pitcher Michael Kohn (Angels).

Foxhall spent two years as a pitcher at Auburn under legendary coach Hal Baird before heading to College of Charleston, where he was a three-time letter winner from 1992-94. 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).

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Athletics

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