AUBURN – John Pawlowski’s run as Auburn’s head baseball coach ended Monday after five mostly unsuccessful seasons, AuburnUndercover.com has learned.
John Pawlowski spent five seasons as Auburn's head coach
After Auburn did not turn a 10th-place finish in the Southeastern Conference into a regional bid, athletics director Jay Jacobs gave Pawlowski the news Monday afternoon. Pawlowski leaves with an overall record of 166-114 overall and 71-79 in the Southeastern Conference.
Pawlowski’s one shining moment came in 2010 when, mostly with players recruited by previous coach Tom Slater and assistant Butch Thompson, the Tigers were 43-21 overall, 19-11 in the SEC and won the West. They hosted a regional but were eliminated by No. 2 seed Clemson at Plainsman Park.
Despite having a steady stream of players chosen in the major league draft, that would be Auburn’s only regional appearance under Pawlowski. He took four teams to the SEC Tournament, but other than 2010, none was seeded higher than eighth. His last two teams got in only after the field was expanded to 10 teams in 2012 and 12 in 2013.
Pawlowski, a big winner at College of Charleston, was hired to replace Slater after the 2008 season.
After the players Pawlowski inherited were gone, he relied heavily on transfers as he had in nine seasons at College of Charleston. This season, six of eight starting position players, the top two starters and the closer were all transfers. Among the starting position players, only senior catcher Blake Austin and freshman second baseman Jordan Ebert were signed out of high school.
Pawlowski was summoned to meet with Jacobs on Monday shortly after the regional field was announced and Auburn was left out.
In nine seasons at College of Charleston, Pawlowski was 338-192-1 overall and 170-86-1 in the Southern Conference. His teams played in three NCAA regionals and a super regional.
Here is his record at Auburn:
2009: 31-25 overall, 11-19 SEC
2010: 43-21 overall, 19-11 SEC, NCAA regional
2011: 29-29 overall, 14-16 SEC
2012: 31-23 overall, 13-17 SEC
2013: 33-23 overall, 13-17 SEC