Scott Fountain will reportedly not continue as Auburn’s tight ends and special teams coach. It is unknown whether he will remain with the Tigers in some capacity.
Auburn has made another change to its coaching staff as it tries to return to the top of the SEC West in the 2017 college football season.
Scott Fountain will no longer serve as the Tigers’ tight ends and special teams coach, according to AL.com. It is unknown whether Fountain will shift to a role off of the field on The Plains. He served as Auburn’s director of player personnel from 2009-12 before his four-year on-field coaching stint.
Fountain, who previously worked at Iowa State, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, UCF and Florida State, was making $325,000 annually at the school. The East Brewton, AL, native was an important part in helping comprise Auburn’s strong signing class last Wednesday. He was one of three remaining original members of head coach Gus Malzahn’s coaching staff with the Tigers. Fountain was credited with recruiting eight of the Tigers’ 23 2017 signees, including five-star offensive lineman Calvin Ashley and tight ends Sal Cannella and John Samuel Shenker.
Not only has Fountain been a big part of Auburn’s recruiting efforts, but the Tigers’ special teams have played well under his watch. Former kicker Cody Parkey has gone onto the NFL, Daniel Carlson has been a two-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award and the Tigers experienced the Kick-Six miracle return against Alabama in the Iron Bowl a few years ago. That’s standout special teams. In 2016, Auburn was in the top 25 nationally in kickoff return defense (13th), punt return defense (8th) and punt returns (24th).
This was the second offensive staff change for Auburn this season and the third overall. Malzahn recently hired Chip Lindsey as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach after longtime assistant Rhett Lashlee left for the same job at UConn. Additionally, Greg Brown was hired away from Missouri as the secondary coach after Wesley McGriff left to become defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.