Auburn fires ex-Cougars coach Pawlowski

Auburn fired baseball coach John Pawlowski on Monday.

Todd J. Van Emst

Auburn fired baseball coach John Pawlowski on Monday hours after the Tigers missed the NCAA regionals for the third straight season.

“I want to thank coach Pawlowski for all he has done for Auburn baseball over the past five years,” athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “Coach Pawlowski worked extremely hard throughout his time here, and he has been a great representative for Auburn University. I have concluded it is time for our baseball program to move in a new direction.”

Pawlowski was a three-time Southern Conference coach of the year at College of Charleston, guiding the Cougars from 2000-08, including NCAA berths from 2004-06, before taking the Auburn job in 2009.

Auburn is seeking its fourth coach since Hal Baird retired after the 2000 season. Baird led the Tigers to the College World Series twice in 16 seasons but they haven’t been able to approach that success since.

Pawlowski went 167-126 in five seasons with the Tigers but posted a 71-79 record in Southeastern Conference games. Auburn went 33-23 and lost to Alabama in the first round of the SEC tournament.

“I appreciate the opportunity I had here at Auburn and I wish nothing but the best for this program and Auburn University,” Pawlowski said. “I am grateful for the student-athletes that have played in this program and wish them all the success in the future.”

In 14 seasons, the 49-yearold Pawlowski has compiled a 473–289–1 record.

Pawlowski led Auburn to an SEC Western Division title and NCAA regional appearance in 2010, the Tigers’ first postseason berth in five years. His last two teams went 13-17 in league play.