Search For Baseball Coach Heating Up

Auburn is inching towards hiring a new baseball coach, but the question remains, who will it be?

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's search for a new baseball coach to replace Tommy Slater is heating up this week as two coaches have talked with Auburn officials about the vacant opening since Sunday.

Athletic Director Jay Jacobs has maintained that there would be no rush to find the right man for the job and that has been the case over the last month, but things could be changing.

According to sources close to the search, TCU's Jim Schlossnagle interviewed on Sunday and Monday with Auburn before returning home to Fort Worth, Tex.

Just finishing his seventh season as a head coach, Schlossnagle has a career record of 288-148. In his five seasons at TCU he is a 211-102. In 2008 the Horned Frogs were 44-19 with Schlossnagle earning his third consecutive Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors.

On Monday it was John Pawlowski from College of Charleston that met with Auburn, according to the coach in speaking with the Post and Courier newspaper. A veteran coach for the Cougars, Pawlowski is 338-192-1 in his career with a 219-87 mark the last five seasons.

A pitching coach at Clemson before going to College of Charleston, Pawlowski was part of two College World Series teams with the Tigers. This season the Cougars were 39-20 and hit 130 home runs as a team.

With Slater and previous coach Steve Renfroe working as assistant coaches prior to taking over the Auburn program, there has been a serious effort in the search to stick to current head coaches as candidates. Other possibilities include former Auburn standout and current Samford coach Casey Dunn, Elliot Avent from North Carolina State and Tom Walter from New Orleans.

Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore confirmed that he had talked to Auburn about the job. Also thought to still be involved is former Mississippi State and Florida coach Pat McMahon, who is currently coaching in the New York Yankees organization.

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