Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced the firing tonight of Tina Deese, the Tigers’ Softball Coach. Deese started the Auburn program from scratch in 1995 and had a 17 year record of 562-458-1. She led the Tigers to their fifth consecutive appearance in the SEC Tournament and NCAA Regional in 2012.
Deese was the longest tenured head coach in the Southeastern Conference and the third-longest head coach of any sport at Auburn. Under Deese the Tigers topped 10,000 in total attendance each year since 2010 and set five of the top 10 attendance records, including the top three in the last three years.
However, her SEC record was 212-272. Apparently the lack of a winning SEC record was the problem. The Tigers had losing conference records in six of the last seven seasons including the last two back to back and Auburn failed to make the SEC Tournament this year after finishing 30 -23 and 7-17 in league play.
In making the announcement, Jacobs said, ““I deeply appreciate Tina’s many contributions to our program. She started it from the ground up, and I will always appreciate her role in establishing a foundation for Auburn softball. I made this decision because I felt it was time to move in another direction.”
The dismissal of Deese could be an omen for Auburn’s Baseball Coach, John Pawlowski. With a similar performance thus far on the baseball diamond, Pawlowski’s seat just got a little warmer. Should his team fail to make or do well in the SEC Tournament, he may be the next former Auburn Coach looking for work.
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