Foxhall hired as Mississippi State pitching coach
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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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.