Auburn fires head baseball coach John Pawlowski
Auburn fired head baseball coach John Pawlowski just hours after the field of 64 was announced and the Tigers were not among them.
The Associated Press has reported that Auburn will begin searching for their fourth head baseball coach since 2000. The once juggernaut of a program that produced stars such as Bo Jackson and 16 College World Series appearances has since faltered and struggled into the new SEC era.
Pawloski has led the Tigers to an overall record of 167-126 in his five seasons and has struggled to return the university to the top of the SEC. The former Tigers head coach also led the team to a less then impressive 13-17 record in SEC play the last two seasons and a 71-79 overall conference record.
To make matters worse Pawloski struggled to defeat in-state rival Alabama who eliminated the Tigers from the first round of the SEC tournament. Pawloski did manage to lead Auburn to an SEC West title and Regional appearance in 2010 but those efforts have been overshadowed by recent struggles.
Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced the decision Monday afternoon and according to the AP, Jacobs believed the move was necessary to ensure the program could reach their goal of competing for and winning championships.
“I have concluded it is time for our baseball program to move in a new direction,” Jacobs said in a statement posted on Auburn‘s site. “We have a rich baseball heritage and our goal is to compete for championships. I believe a change is necessary to help us achieve that goal, and I look forward to finding a coach who can get us there.”