Funeral Services Set for Former Auburn Coach

Auburn, Ala.--Funeral services have been scheduled on Thursday for Paul Nix, who served as head baseball coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1963-84.

Nix passed away on Monday in Auburn where he resided with his wife Gwen.

Nix is the second winningest baseball coach in Auburn history. He posted a record of 515 wins and 376 losses.

Nix's Auburn teams won four SEC East titles, three SEC West titles and three overall SEC titles. His top team, in 1967 featuring All-American pitcher Q.V. Lowe who is now head coach at AUM, finished 15-2 in the conference and 32-10 and made the College World Series. It was the first Auburn team to advance to Omaha. His 1976 team also advanced to the College World Series.

Funeral services with Rev. George Mathison are set for 2 p.m. on Thursday at Auburn United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Bethany House.

Nix took Auburn's 1967 and the 1976 teams to the College World Series, finishing third in '67 and seventh in '76. His Tigers won SEC titles in 1967, '76 and '78 along with the league tournament crown in '78.

Nix was named SEC Coach of he Year in 1963, 1964, 1967, 1976 and 1978.

Nix and the 1976 Tigers celebrate winning the SEC Tournament.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Nix," Auburn head coach John Pawlowski said. "Coach Nix elevated this program to new heights during his 22 years as the head coach at Auburn, twice taking his teams to the College World Series. This is a tremendous loss for the Auburn family."

Nix, who was born on Sept. 4, 1932, is a native of Greenville, Ala., who played baseball and football at Troy State. He signed a pro baseball contract in 1952 and advanced to Class AA ball. He was head coach at Troy prior to moving to Auburn.

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