AUBURN, Alabama – Auburn baseball and head coach Butch Thompson announced changes to the coaching staff on Monday, including the addition of pitching coach Daron Schoenrock to coincide with the departure of Tim Hudson.
“Everyone in college baseball recognizes Tim’s enhanced legacy as a pitching coach over the past three seasons,” Thompson said. “At the end of the day, he graduated from Auburn and helped bring our program back to the College World Series. No former student-athlete has given more to their college, and Tim’s desire to work hard every day is an incredible example to respect and seek.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome my varsity pitching coach to our Auburn team,” added Thompson. “Daron and his wife Carol have impacted so many people throughout their baseball journey. He is an elite teacher with an incredible track record. Our pitchers will be nurtured and developed at the highest rate possible in college baseball.”
Schoenrock comes to the Plains with 38 years of coaching experience, including the last 18 seasons as head coach at Memphis. His career also includes seven seasons as a Southeastern Conference pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in Kentucky (1998-99), Georgia (2000-01) and Mississippi State (2002- 04).
“It’s a huge honor to join Coach Thompson and the entire Auburn baseball family,” said Schoenrock. “The culture he has built, the people he has assembled and the success they have achieved are second to none. I look forward to building on the exceptional groundwork that has been established for the launch of ‘Auburn Tiger by Trainer Thompson and Trainer Hudson. War Eagle!’
After his three-year stint as Auburn’s pitching coach, Hudson will serve as head coach at Lee-Scott Academy, where his son is entering his senior year.
“Auburn University has been special to my family and I for nearly three decades, and I couldn’t thank Butch and his team more for the opportunity to give back to the program over the past three seasons,” Hudson said. “Being able to help bring these young men back to Omaha is something I will forever cherish.
“We have two daughters attending Auburn this fall, and our son will be a senior in high school. It’s time for me to dedicate my time and energy to my family during this important and busy season in their lives,” Hudson added. “Auburn baseball is in good hands, and I can’t wait to cheer them on from Plainsman Park. War Eagle!”
Following his playing career at Tennessee Tech (1980-84), Schoenrock landed his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at his alma mater for the 1985 season. He then served as a graduate assistant at Murray State from 1986 to 1987 before becoming head coach at Lincoln Memorial University from 1988 to 1989.
Schoenrock and Thompson first crossed paths during his stint as assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern from 1990 to 1997, where he was Thompson’s pitching coach from 1991 to 1992 before becoming coaches from 1994 to 1996.
From there, Schoenrock moved on to his aforementioned coaching stints in the SEC, helping lead Georgia to the 2001 College World Series, before finally taking over as head coach in Memphis on June 29, 2004. He has led the Tigers to 463 wins and the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Schoenrock was also named the 2013 American Conference Coach of the Year.
In his 38 years of coaching, Schoenrock sent 111 players to professional baseball, including 68 pitchers. Nine of his former players have reached Major League Baseball, including 2006 Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star Brandon Webb, six-time All-Star Jonathan Papelbon, who ranks 11th on the career save list of MLB (368), and 10-year MLB veteran Paul Maholm, who was the eighth overall pick in 2003.
In addition to his on-field coaching duties, Schoenrock served as president of the USA Baseball Coaches Conference from 2008 to 2013 and president of the American Athletic Conference Baseball Coaches from 2014 to 2018. He also served on the Lefty Award Committee Gomez of the American Baseball Coaches Association (2003-11) and on the NCAA Baseball Regional Advisory Committee (2014-17).
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and raised in Fayetteville, Tennessee, Schoenrock received his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech in 1984 and his master’s degree from Murray State in 1987. He is married to Carol Cawood Schoenrock, and they have two sons, Erik and Bret . .
During Hudson’s three seasons in the Auburn dugout, the pitching staff twice ranked in the nation’s top 50 in ERA and struck out 1,330 batters in 1,202.1 innings, including a program record 666 strikeouts in 2022.
Despite MLB’s condensed draft format over the past three years, Hudson helped mentor eight pitchers who went on to go on the draft, including five who were selected in the first five rounds. Seven of the eight pitchers selected had not been previously drafted, and four other former pitchers signed free agent contracts.
With Auburn’s recent run at Omaha in June, the team’s second appearance in the past three playoffs, Hudson became the first Auburn player to make a College World Series appearance as a player and coach. .
Ron Polk, SEC head coach for 31 years at Mississippi State (1976-97, 2002-08), Georgia (2000-01)
“He’s a hands-on type of guy. He loves working with his pitchers. Everywhere he’s been, pitchers have thrived. He’s got a really good track record of developing pitchers for the next level. All pitchers I loved him. He’s got a really good temper to him. He explains things really well. He just knows his stuff. I think he’s going to be a great addition to Auburn just like Tim Hudson had been for a few years.”
Brandon Webb, former Kentucky pitcher (1998–2000) and 2006 CY Young Award winner
“I started my college career in Kentucky in 1998 when coach ‘Rock’ started coaching there after coming over from Birmingham-Southern. It couldn’t have been a hitting game for me as far as is all about the player/coach relationship Coach’s ‘Rock’ attitude, temperament, approachability and coaching style were right up my alley He had some new drills which I think took me to the next level .
“Auburn captured a gem in Coach ‘Rock’. He’s the best of the best, and I’m forever grateful our paths crossed when they did because he had such a huge impact on my baseball career. .”
Paul Maholm, former Mississippi State pitcher (2001-03) and 10-year MLB veteran
“Congratulations to Coach ‘Rock’ for his work at Auburn. Over the years Coach ‘Rock’ has helped me develop both as a pitcher and as a person and put me challenged to do my best every day.
“Even after I left Mississippi State and started my professional career, I stayed in touch, and he helped me throughout my professional career with every question I ever had. He’s a coach who will be invested in all players both on and off the He will help them grow and expect them to be great wherever life takes them.