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Jacobs says It’s Time to Move in Different Direction, Fires Tina Deese

By on May 8th, 2013 in News, Other Sports 6 Comments »

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. 


  1. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    If Pawlowski doesn’t go, expect pitch forks and torches….

  2. AuburnEdS says:

    And yet……..we have a basketball coach who has consistently underachieved at Auburn and is still employed

  3. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    The biggest question is why is Jay Jacobs allowed to hire or fire anyone now? This makes me believe that Gogue is blowing hot air with his Atheletic Department Review committee and has no intent on firing Jacobs regardless of his ineptitude.

  4. WoodrowAU95 says:

    Any ideas (or rumors) on her replacement?

  5. offroad4x3 says:

    I for one am tired of Auburn Softball losing to Alabama…
    How about it, Jay, lets get a name coach. How about Ken Eriksen of South Florida? It would bring a LOT of recruits to the Plains having the US National team coach on Athletic Staff. He was also in the WCWS last season, and they gave LSU all that they could handle. He also has a great graduation record and has never had any issues with the NCAA, another trait that we need here. He is also a National Level Instructor..