July 19, 2018 4:04:07 PM
Chris Lemonis' first coaching staff as Mississippi State's baseball coach is complete.
Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com reported and a source confirmed to The Dispatch that MSU has hired North Carolina State pitching coach Scott Foxhall to the same position on Lemonis' staff. He will join Jake Gautreau as the other assistant coach and Kyle Cheesebrough as the volunteer assistant and coordinator of camps.
N.C. State, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, was a national seed last season. The Wolfpack (42-18) lost to the
Auburn Tigers in the Raleigh
Foxhall just finished his fourth season at North Carolina State after four years at Auburn. With the Tigers, Foxhall played a role in recruiting four classes that were ranked in the top 25 nationally, including the ninth-best class prior to the 2013
Brian Brown was this season's Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year. The Boston Red Sox selected Brown in the ninth round of the MLB draft. Foxhall also produced Will Gilbert, drafted in the eighth round in 2016 by the Oakland Athletics. Gilbert has climbed the ladder to High-A ball.
This season, N.C. State's pitching staff had a 3.62 earned run average, which was second in the ACC and 33rd nationally.
In 22 years as a collegiate coach, Foxhall has had 45 pitchers selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft, including eight in the first 10 rounds. He also has improved the draft status of pitchers under his tutelage by an average of 25 rounds. All eight players Foxhall has helped place in the first 10 rounds were undrafted prospects out of high school. Foxhall has helped develop nine major leaguers in his coaching career.
Foxhall was a standout pitcher at College of Charleston before working as an assistant coach under former Charleston head coaches Ralph Ciabattari and John Pawlowski from 1995-2008. He produced the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year four times in Charleston.
Foxhall was part of the program's most sustained run of success, which included three-straight NCAA regionals and one Super Regional from 2004-06.
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