Fox­hall hired as Mis­sis­sippi State pitch­ing coach

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS -

New Mis­sis­sippi State head base­ball coach Chris Le­mo­nis has com­pleted his coach­ing staff.

Mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed to the Starkville Daily News on Wednesday that Le­mo­nis has hired Scott Fox­hall to be the next pitch­ing coach of the Bull­dogs. D1Base­ball was the first to re­port Fox­hall's hire.

Fox­hall comes to MSU from North Carolina State where he has served as pitch­ing coach the last four sea­sons. He brings a track record of suc­cess to Starkville af­ter help­ing the Wolf­pack to four con­sec­u­tive NCAA Re­gional fi­nals. He had 10 dif­fer­ent pitch­ers taken in the Ma­jor League Base­ball Draft dur­ing his North Carolina State ten­ure.

Fox­hall's pitch­ing staffs with the Wolf­pack were con­sis­tently ranked among the ACC's best groups. This past year, North Carolina State fin­ished sec­ond in the con­fer­ence and 33rd na­tion­ally with a 3.62 team earned run aver­age.

One of Fox­hall's most im­pres­sive jobs came in his first year with the Wolf­pack back in 2015. That sea­son, Fox­hall took over a pitch­ing staff that lost six pitch­ers due to grad­u­a­tion and the MLB Draft. De­spite not hav­ing a sin­gle week­end starter or sig­nif­i­cant re­liever re­turn from the 2014 team, Fox­hall helped his pitch­ers post a 2.93 team ERA.

Fox­hall also has prior ex­pe­ri­ence in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence. He spent the 2014 sea­son as the pitch­ing coach at Auburn and spent six to­tal years with the Tigers. Fox­hall proved to be a suc­cess­ful re­cruiter while on The Plains. His last four re­cruit­ing classes were all ranked in the top 25 na­tion­ally.

In all, Fox­hall brings 22 years of col­le­giate coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to Starkville. At MSU, he'll join the other as­sis­tants al­ready se­lected by Le­mo­nis. Jake Gautreau, the lone holdover from the pre­vi­ous Mis­sis­sippi State coach­ing staff, will still serve as State's hit­ting coach. Kyle Cheese­brough, who worked with Le­mo­nis at In­di­ana, was hired as a vol­un­teer as­sis­tant.

Fox­hall's hire brings to an end the MSU ca­reer of Gary Henderson. Henderson, who served as pitch­ing coach in 2017 and in­terim head coach in 2018, was a can­di­date to re­main with the Bull­dogs. Mul­ti­ple sources told the Starkville Daily News that Henderson wanted to re­turn to MSU as

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(Photo by Tim Sharp, AP)

North Carolina State pitcher Brian Brown, right, re­acts as coach Scott Fox­hall takes him out of a game. Fox­hall has been hired as Mis­sis­sippi State's pitch­ing coach un­der head coach Chris Le­mo­nis.

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