AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn baseball and head coach Butch Thompson introduced changes to the coaching staff Monday, together with the addition of pitching coach Daron Schoenrock to coincide with the departure of Tim Hudson.
“The entire faculty baseball world acknowledges Tim’s enhanced legacy as our pitching coach the final three seasons,” Thompson stated. “At the finish of the day, he earned his Auburn diploma and helped lead our program again to the College World Series. No former student-athlete has given extra again to their college, and Tim’s want to work laborious every single day is an incredible instance to respect and try for.
“I could not be extra excited to welcome my faculty pitching coach to our staff at Auburn,” Thompson added. “Daron and his spouse Carol have impacted so many alongside their baseball journey. He is an elite trainer with an unimaginable observe file. Our pitchers shall be cared for and developed at the highest fee attainable in faculty baseball.”
Schoenrock comes to the Plains with 38 years of coaching expertise, together with the final 18 seasons as the head coach at Memphis. His profession additionally contains seven seasons as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in the Southeastern Conference at Kentucky (1998-99), Georgia (2000-01) and Mississippi State (2002-04).
“It is an amazing honor to be a part of Coach Thompson and the total Auburn baseball household,” Schoenrock stated. “The tradition he has constructed, the staff he has assembled, and the success they’ve achieved are second to none. I can not wait to construct upon the excellent groundwork that has been established for Auburn Tiger pitching by Coach Thompson and Coach Hudson. War Eagle!”
Following his three-year stint as the Auburn pitching coach, Hudson will function the head coach at Lee-Scott Academy, the place his son is coming into his senior yr.
“Auburn University has been particular to my household and I for almost three many years, and I could not thank Butch and his staff extra for the alternative to give again to the program throughout the final three seasons,” Hudson stated. “Being in a position to assist lead these younger males again to Omaha was one thing I’ll cherish perpetually.
“We have two daughters attending Auburn this fall, and our son shall be a senior in highschool. It is time for me to commit my time and power to my household throughout this necessary and busy season of their lives,” Hudson added. “Auburn baseball is in nice palms, and I look ahead to cheering them on from Plainsman Park. War Eagle!”
Following his enjoying profession at Tennessee Tech (1980-84), Schoenrock landed his first coaching gig as a graduate assistant at his alma mater for the 1985 season. He then served as a graduate assistant at Murray State from 1986-87 earlier than turning into the head coach at Lincoln Memorial University from 1988-89.
Schoenrock and Thompson first crossed paths throughout his assistant coaching stint at Birmingham-Southern from 1990-97, the place he served as Thompson’s pitching coach from 1991-92 earlier than turning into coaching colleagues from 1994-96.
From there, Schoenrock moved on to his aforementioned coaching stints in the SEC, serving to lead Georgia to the 2001 College World Series, earlier than finally taking up as the head coach at Memphis on June 29, 2004. He led the Tigers to 463 wins and the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Schoenrock was additionally named the 2013 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
In his 38 years of coaching, Schoenrock has despatched 111 gamers into skilled baseball, together with 68 pitchers. Nine of his former gamers have made it to Major League Baseball, together with 2006 Cy Young Award Winner and three-time All-Star Brandon Webb, six-time All-Star Jonathan Papelbon, who ranks eleventh on the MLB profession saves checklist (368) , and 10-year MLB veteran Paul Maholm, who was the eighth general decide in 2003.
Along along with his on-field coaching duties, Schoenrock was the Chairman of the Conference USA Baseball Coaches from 2008-13 and Chairman of the American Athletic Conference Baseball Coaches from 2014-18. He has additionally served on the American Baseball Coaches Association Lefty Gomez Award Committee (2003-11) and NCAA Baseball Regional Advisory Committee (2014-17).
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and raised in Fayetteville, Tennessee, Schoenrock earned his bachelor’s diploma from Tennessee Tech in 1984 and grasp’s diploma from Murray State in 1987. He is married to Carol Cawood Schoenrock, they usually have two sons, Erik and Bret .
In Hudson’s three seasons in the Auburn dugout, the pitching staff ranked in the high 50 in the nation in ERA on two events and struck out 1,330 batters in 1,202.1 innings, together with a program file 666 strikeouts in 2022.
Despite the condensed format of the MLB Draft throughout the final three years, Hudson helped mentor eight pitchers who went on to be chosen in the draft, together with 5 who had been taken in the high 5 rounds. Seven of the eight pitchers chosen had been beforehand undrafted, and 4 extra former pitchers signed free agent contracts.
With Auburn’s current run to Omaha in June, the group’s second look in the final three postseasons, Hudson grew to become the first Auburn participant to make a College World Series look as each a participant and a coach.
Ron Polk, 31-year SEC head coach at Mississippi State (1976-97, 2002-08), Georgia (2000-01)
“He’s a hands-on sort of man. He simply loves working along with his pitchers. Everywhere he has been pitchers have thrived. He has an excellent observe file of growing pitchers for the subsequent stage. All the pitchers I had beloved him. He has an excellent temperament to him. He explains issues very nicely. He simply is aware of his enterprise. I feel he is going to be an awesome addition to Auburn simply as Tim Hudson was for the previous couple of years.”
Brandon Webb, former Kentucky pitcher (1998-2000) and 2006 CY Young Award winner
“I started my collegiate profession at Kentucky in 1998 when Coach ‘Rock’ began coaching there after coming over from Birmingham-Southern. It couldn’t have been a batter match for me so far as a participant/coach relationship. Coach ‘Rock’s’ perspective , temperament, approachability, and coaching type had been proper up my alley. He had new drills that I felt took me to the subsequent stage.
“Auburn has captured a gem in Coach ‘Rock’. He is the better of the finest, and I’m perpetually grateful our paths crossed once they did as a result of he made such a huge effect on my baseball profession.”
Paul Maholm, former Mississippi State pitcher (2001-03) and 10-year MLB veteran
“Congratulations to Coach ‘Rock’ on the job at Auburn. Through the years Coach ‘Rock’ helped me develop each as a pitcher and an individual and challenged me to be my finest every day.
“Even after leaving Mississippi State and beginning my professional profession I saved in contact, and he helped me all through my professional profession with any and all questions I ever had. He’s a coach who shall be invested in all of the gamers each on and off the subject. He will assist them develop and anticipate them to be nice in wherever life leads them.”