Chizik Hires Another Iowa State Coach

Gene Chizik has been busy adding to his Auburn football coaching staff with still another hire.

Auburn, Ala.--Gene Chizik has hired another member of his 2008 Iowa State University football coaching staff for a job at Auburn.

Scott Fountain, who coached tight ends and served as recruiting coordinator for the Cyclones, will become a football administrator for the Tigers.

"I am really excited about Scott," Chizik said on Monday. "We don't technically have the name of what he is going to be. He was born and raised in the state. He understands the state of Alabama and played at Samford. We are just really happy to have him as an addition to the staff.

"We will work out later all of the details of what everybody's jobs are," says Chizik. "This is a big step for him as far as coming off the field, but understanding the importance of his position here."

Previously Chizik had hired Jay Boulware from Iowa State to coach tight ends for the Tigers and coordinate the special teams.

Fountain, a four-year starter at Samford for former Auburn head coach Terry Bowden, is a native of East Brewton, Ala., where he attended W.S. Neal High School. Fountain, who is 42, spent six seasons coaching high school football in Alabama before moving into the college ranks.

"He is a tremendous coach and individual, and he will play an important role in the success of this program," says Chizik, who worked on the same staff as Fountain at Central Florida where Chizik was defensive coordinator prior to taking the defensive coordinator job at Auburn from 2002-2004.

"I cherish the chance to work with Coach Chizik again while returning to the great state of Alabama and having a tremendous opportunity to work at Auburn," Fountain said.

He was an assistant coach at Flomaton High for one season and at W.S. Neal for a season before being named head coach at Frisco City High in 1990. He coached at Monroe County High for one year before moving into the collegiate ranks at FSU in 1994 as a graduate assistant coach.

Fountain moved to Central Florida in 1997 where he spent seven seasons. He coached offensive linemen and tight ends there and also was recruiting coordinator for UCF.

He coached the offensive line at Middle Tennessee State in 2004-2005 and moved to Georgia Southern where he was assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2006. He then moved to Iowa State and spent two seasons there on Chizik's staff.

Fountain was retained by new ISU head coach Paul Rhoads, the former Auburn defensive coordinator, and was coaching tight ends and offensive tackles when hired by Auburn. Fountain and his wife Rosie have sons named Brookes, Hunter and Tanner.

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