C of C's Pawlowski takes over at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. --Auburn hired John Pawlowski as head baseball coach Friday, hoping the former College of Charleston coach can end the Tigers' three-year postseason drought.

Pawlowski, 44, led the College of Charleston to three NCAA regional berths, one super regional appearance and four straight Southern Conference titles in his nine-season tenure.

His 180-67 record over the last four seasons set a school and league record for wins during a four-year span.

Pawlowski replaces Tom Slater, who resigned after the Tigers failed to make the postseason for the third straight season. Auburn hasn't made the Southeastern Conference tournament during the past five years and had only one regional appearance in Slater's four seasons.

"This is a tremendous opportunity and I'm looking forward to helping bring the Auburn baseball program back to national prominence," said Pawlowski, who was 338-192-1 at the College of Charleston. "There is a rich history and tradition here at Auburn and I plan on working tirelessly to make this a national contender."

He led the Cougars to a regional championship and their first Southern Conference tournament title in 2006, rising as high as No. 12 in the national rankings.

"We are very excited to have John Pawlowski as our next baseball coach at Auburn University," athletic director Jay Jacobs said. "Coach Pawlowski has experienced a tremendous amount of success as a head coach and has led several championship ball clubs. We look forward to him returning the Auburn program to national prominence."

The Cougars extended their string of league regular-season titles to four in a row last season, going 39-20 and setting Southern Conference single-season records for homers, runs, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage and walks.

Pawlowski was the conference's coach of the year in 2004, 2005 and 2007. He is a former pitching coach at Arizona State and Clemson, where he was a pitcher.

A sixth-round pick in the 1985 amateur baseball draft, he made his major league debut in September 1987. Pawlowski spent eight seasons playing pro ball before returning to Clemson and completing his degree.