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Reports: Auburn set to hire Butch Thompson as next head baseball coach

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Mississippi State assistant coach Butch Thompson (right) is set to become Auburn's next baseball coach. (Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com)
Mississippi State assistant coach Butch Thompson (right) is set to become Auburn's next baseball coach. (Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com)

Auburn has identified its next baseball coach.

Numerous outlets including D1baseball.com reported Thursday afternoon the Tigers are finalizing a deal to bring in Mississippi State assistant Butch Thompson to replace former coach Sunny Golloway.

Golloway, who athletic director Jay Jacobs fired in September for cause, had a record of 62-50 in two seasons with one NCAA tournament appearance.

Thompson was among a handful of candidates who interviewed for the position including Houston’s Todd Whitting, former Clemson coach Jack Leggett, Virginia pitching coach Karl Kuhn and Florida State assistant Mike Martin Jr.

On Wednesday, Thompson received a ringing endorsement from his current manager John Cohen.  

The Mississippi State coach told Michael Bonner of the Clarion Ledger that Auburn would be “crazy not to hire” his assistant.

"Nobody deserves to have that type of opportunity more than a Butch Thompson," Cohen said. "We’re cheering for him. We don’t want to lose him. I’ve told many people at Auburn, you’d be crazy not to hire this guy. But I’m going to be the happiest guy in the world if you don’t."

Thompson, Baseball America’s assistant coach of the year in 2014, spent seven seasons coaching with Cohen at MSU, and has been in the SEC for more than a decade.

He was part of a staff that helped the Bulldogs to runner-up finish in the 2013 College World Series, and win nine conference titles.

Thompson spent 2006 to 2008 as an assistant coach on Auburn’s coaching staff, and helped put together a three straight national top 20 recruiting classes.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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