Foxhall Says Tigers "Hungry" For Success

Auburn pitching coach Scott Foxhall discusses the baseball program and working for a new head coach.

Auburn, Ala.--Scott Foxhall says he is thrilled to be part of Sunny Golloway's coaching staff and adds that he has high expectations for Auburn baseball under the new head coach's leadership.

"I think our guys are hungry to win and Coach Golloway will get immediate credibility from the players because he has won big and has gone to where we want to go, and he has been there recently," says Foxhall, who will serve as pitching coach for the Tigers. "I think the players are ready to follow and I know they are ready to win."

Foxhall, who was recruiting coordinator for former Tiger head coach John Pawlowski, is also fired up about having the opportunity to be pitching coach for a couple of Auburn's high profile signees who will be freshmen for the coming season.

"We have some good players coming back, especially from the pitching side," Foxhall says. "We lost Conner Kendrick (New York Yankees signee). Obviously, he is a very important piece of the puzzle and maybe the most important piece of the puzzle. We are happy for him that he was able to move on and we wish him a lot of success as a pro.

"Also, Will Kendall (Pittsburgh Pirates) has signed and is moving on, but other than that everybody is back and I think we added some really good new pieces to the puzzle," Foxhall says.

"We have two pitchers who have won gold medals for Team USA,"?he notes. "I don't know of any other recruiting classes in the country that have two pitchers who were All-Americans and Team USA guys."

Keegan Thompson, a 6-3, 190 right-hander from Cullman High, won two gold medals for Team USA and was the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year.

Team USA member Kevin Davis is a 6-1, 198 right-hander who was the 3A Pitcher of the year at T.R. Miller High in Brewton. His fastball has been clocked as high as 96 miles per hour.

"This was the first year I really felt like we beat the draft with our pitchers," Foxhall says. "We have done very well over the last couple of years with our signing classes, but it seems like that marquee pitcher has eluded us. This year we were fortunate enough to get two of those guys in our freshman class. They will help a lot immediately."

Foxhall was the primary recruiter for those pitchers and virtually all of AU's recent signees. After being hired on Wednesday as the pitching coach for Golloway's staff, he was at Plainsman Park that evening working at a summer camp.

"I am hitting the road starting today to see recruits so I have a little bit of catching up to do, but I think I have my finger on the pulse enough it is not going to be too bad," Foxhall says.

"I think Coach Golloway's vision for the coaching staff is for everybody to coach and for everybody to recruit. I know I am going to do the pitching and I know that I am going to do recruiting a lot, but I don't know if he is going to assign someone to be a recruiting coordinator.

"I think his emphasis is on player development and his emphasis is on his coaches' coaching," Foxhall says. "I think he is a little old school in that being a recruiting coordinator implies that is all you are doing and are not spending enough time with your players.

"He made it very clear that we are going to get our guys better and that we are going to be at practice all of the time," Foxhall notes. "We are going to make sure the players in our program are our top priority. Recruiting is important, and we are going to keep doing it, because obviously that is your life-line in college athletics, but the priority is going to be on our players and coaching them."

Golloway came to Auburn from Oklahoma, where he was head coach of the Sooners. Prior to that he was head coach at Oral Roberts. Golloway's teams at Oklahoma made the NCAA regionals seven of his eight seasons there. His overall record as a head coach is 681-337-1.

Sunny Golloway

Asked what stands out to him about his new boss, Foxhall says, "My initial impression is that he is a winner. If you just listen to the way he talks and carries himself that is obvious, and if you do a little research on his record you will see what stands out is that he has won big a lot of years in a row.

"What also stands out to me is that he has been a gentleman to me, my family and everybody he has come in contact with. He has been very gracious and I think he is a guy our players will look to for motivation and inspiration. I am excited to get to work in his system."

Foxhall says being able to continue to live in Auburn is a big plus for his family.

"I can't express how important it is that my kids get to stay at Dean Road Elementary School and we get to stay in one of the greatest cities in America," he says. "Our neighbors, our friends, our church and our school will stay intact. This is the best place in the world to raise a family and we are excited to be a part of it."

Foxhall, who played two seasons for long-time Auburn head coach Hal Baird, says that he is also excited to be close to one of his coaching mentors.

"Coach Baird is probably one of my biggest influences as a coach," he points out. "We want to do the things that are going to make us proud. I am excited I get a chance to stay and hopefully see this thing through to Omaha (College World Series) and make him proud of the Auburn baseball program. He is as classy as they come. He is one of those guys you don't want to disappoint."

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