John Pawlowski Out As AU's Baseball Coach

Auburn will begin the search for a new baseball coach with John Pawlowski out after five seasons with the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.—After failing to get into the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in his five seasons at Auburn, John Pawlowski is out as head coach of the Tigers, team sources have told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs confirmed the news on Monday afternoon. "I want to thank Coach Pawlowski for all he has done for AU baseball the past five years," Jacobs said. "He worked extremely hard throughout his time here, and he has been a great representative for AU.

"I have concluded it is time for our baseball program to move in a new direction," Jacobs added. "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."

Compiling a record of 167-126 during his time on the Plains, Pawlowski's SEC record was 71-79 during that span.

The biggest feather in Pawlowski's cap during his time at Auburn came in 2010 when the Tigers won 43 games and the SEC Western Division Championship. Unfortunately that season ended with a loss to Clemson at home in the regional. It was the only NCAA Tournament appearance for Auburn under Pawlowski.

"I appreciate the opportunity I had here at Auburn and I wish nothing but the best for this program and Auburn University," Pawlowski said. "I am grateful for the student-athletes that have played in this program and wish them all the success in the future."

Something that stands out for Auburn during Pawlowski's tenure as coach was the number of sweeps that occurred. This season the Tigers were swept by both Vanderbilt and LSU to open the season, making it 11 times in the last five seasons that Auburn was swept in a series in SEC play.

Conversely, the Tigers only swept the opposition four times with two of those coming in 2010. Just avoiding sweeps would have likely meant two more NCAA Tournament appearances for Auburn, including this season.

Costly mistakes in the field contributed to problems on the mound throughout the last five seasons, but it was especially true in each of the last two years. With the bats toned down and small ball more important, mistakes were harder to overcome. The fact that the Tigers allowed 105 unearned runs to score in 2012-2013 was one of the biggest reasons why they stayed home in the postseason.

Jacobs will now begin the search for a new head coach for the Tigers. Some of the names that could get a look include Samford Coach Casey Dunn, Mississippi State Assistant Butch Thompson, South Alabama Coach Mark Calvi, Arkansas Assistant Todd Butler, and North Carolina Assistant Scott Forbes.

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