Auburn, Ala.--Auburn Coach Butch Thompson added another big piece of the puzzle for his first staff on Wednesday with the addition of Chicago White Sox player development instructor Doug Sisson to the Tigers’ staff. Saying following his hiring that he was looking for assistant coaches with certain skill sets, Thompson has gone two-for-two so far with the additions of Sisson and former Kentucky assistant Brad Bohannon.
“I’m humbled by the fact that Butch offered me the opportunity to be part of his first coaching staff,” Sisson said. “I’m honored to be a part of the Auburn baseball program. I’m excited about working with Butch, I’m excited about being at Auburn, I’m excited about the chance to compete every day in the SEC and I’m excited about the opportunity to help establish a championship culture.”
A former player at Montevallo that has had a long and successful career both on the collegiate and professional level, Sisson is a lifelong baseball guy that brings a world of experience to the Auburn program and is someone Thompson said is a great fit for the program.
“I have respected Doug from the day he coached me in college at Birmingham-Southern,” Thompson said. “I always knew that he was a coach that I wanted to lead our hitters and develop our players at every position if I was ever given the opportunity to be the head coach at a tremendous school like Auburn. He’s a true professional that can truly develop players and build men.
“Doug has been a friend and a trusted baseball mentor and advisor. I’m thankful that he would join us and bring his vast knowledge and credentials at the vital time. He has College World Series experience, and he’s been a recruiting coordinator and highly successful in the Southeastern Conference. I want the Auburn Family to join me in welcoming Doug and his family to The Plains.”
An assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern during Thompson’s playing days after starting his career at his alma mater, Sisson moved to the professional ranks and managed 11 seasons in the minor leagues and has 16 total years of coaching experience in the pro ranks. That included a championship with the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League in 1999.
In 2006 Sisson returned to the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach with the Georgia Bulldogs where he helped David Perno’s team to 47 wins and a berth in the College World Series. The hitting coach, Sisson’s impact was felt in a big way as Georgia hit .309 as a team with 78 home runs.
It was back to the professional ranks after two years as Sisson was named the Minor League Field Coordinator for the Kansas City Royals. He remained in that role for three years before being named the first base coach of the Royals for the 2011 season. The last three years he has been with the White Sox as the outfield and baserunning instructor for the organization.