Assistant Baseball Coach
One of his first moves as head coach of the Mississippi State baseball team, Chris Lemonis announced the hiring of 22-year coaching veteran Scott Foxhall as the Diamond Dawgs’ new pitching coach on July 20, 2018.
Foxhall’s career features SEC experience as an established pitching coach and recruiting coordinator and four consecutive NCAA regional finals appearances at NC State. A total of 10 Wolfpack pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft under his watch the past four seasons.
“I am excited that Scott has joined our staff,” Lemonis said. “Our relationship goes back to our playing days, and he has done a tremendous job at every stop of his career. He is an outstanding pitching coach who has excelled in developing pitchers to perform at their highest levels. He also has six years of experience as a recruiting coordinator in the SEC. Most of all, he has a personality that fits our staff perfectly.”
In 22 years as a collegiate coach, Foxhall has seen 45 of his pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, including eight in the first 10 rounds. He's also improved the draft status of pitchers under his tutelage by an average of 25 rounds. All eight players Foxhall has helped place in the first 10 rounds were undrafted prospects out of high school. The Greer, S.C., native has developed nine Major Leaguers in his coaching career.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Mississippi State baseball family,” Foxhall said. “The history, tradition and fan base of this storied program are the best in all of college baseball. I believe in the strong leadership of Chris Lemonis, and I am honored to work with the outstanding young men on this team as we prepare them to win championships. My family is excited to call Starkville home and be a part of this treasured university.”
Foxhall’s 2018 NC State staff finished second in the ACC in ERA (3.62), good for 33rd nationally. Under Foxhall’s coaching, Reid Johnston worked toward becoming the Wolfpack’s Friday night starter before earning Freshman All-America and ACC All-Freshman accolades.
Another one of Foxhall’s most recent individual success stories is Brian Brown, who, in 2018, became the first NC State player to earn ACC Pitcher of the Year honors since 2012 after starting 16 games and boasting a 2.74 ERA, a 7-2 record and 98 strikeouts. An All-America and First Team All-ACC selection, the Boston Red Sox picked Brown in the ninth round (280th overall selection) of the 2018 MLB Draft.
Foxhall’s pitching staffs consistently ranked within the ACC’s top tier in ERA, strikeouts and opponent batting average. NC State’s team earned run average did not finish above 4.13 in his four years.
When Foxhall took over the role at NC State in 2015, he was immediately challenged with repairing a staff that had lost six pitchers to graduation and the draft, including all three weekend starters. He responded by putting together a group that finished second in the conference with a 2.93 ERA.
That season, his staff ranked first in the country in hits allowed per nine innings, second in strikeouts and 15th in ERA as the Wolfpack made a run to the ACC championship game and NCAA regional championship round. Previously undrafted pitchers Curt Britt, Jon Olczak and Brad Stone were all selected and signed professionally. Brown won freshman All-American honors, while fellow freshman Tommy DeJuneas earned a spot with Team USA for the summer.
Prior to his success at NC State, Foxhall spent six years (2009-14) at Auburn as the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In his final three seasons, the Tigers collected sub-4.00 earned run averages, including 3.40 and 3.34 marks in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Foxhall also proved himself to be a top recruiter, as his last four classes at Auburn ranked in the Top 25 nationally and peaked with a ninth-place ranking ahead of the 2013 season. Foxhall recruited the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft in right-hander Casey Mize.
Foxhall’s coaching career began at his alma mater, the College of Charleston, in 1996. As the Cougar pitching coach, Foxhall brought up the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year four times. In 2008, his staff led the conference in strikeouts (480) and saves (18), a year after his 2007 pitchers topped the SoCon in strikeouts (445) and opponent batting average (.275) while ranking second in the league with a 4.82 ERA.
In 2006, Foxhall’s CofC staff rated second nationally with a 3.02 ERA. Foxhall prepped Nick Chigges, who, in 2006, led the team with an 11-2 record and was named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year for the first time. He earned the award again in 2007 and was drafted in the 13th round of that year’s MLB Draft.
The Cougars also led the conference in ERA (4.09) in 2005, a year after his 2004 staff helped lead CofC to a school- and conference-record 47 wins as opposing batters hit just .268.
Before his coaching days, Foxhall spent two seasons playing under Hal Baird at Auburn before pitching for three years at the College of Charleston from 1992-94. While earning a degree in education, he became one of the school’s all-time leaders in strikeouts (156), games started (28), complete games (nine) and innings pitched (193.2).
Foxhall and his wife, the former Laura Ballenger, have twin children, Kade and Kennedy.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Andy Cannizaro added Jake Gautreau to his coaching staff in June 2017 as an assistant coach.
Gautreau replaced Will Coggin in the role and will serve as the Diamond Dawgs' recruiting coordinator, along with assisting Cannizaro in instructing MSU's hitters.
"We appreciate everything Will did for us," Cannizaro said. "I am extremely excited to add Jake to our coaching staff and welcome his family to Starkville. His most recent position at the Boras Corporation allows him to contribute skills as an evaluator of talent and a great influence for the present and future student-athletes that come to Mississippi State. Having known Jake for nearly 20 years, I know that he will have an immediate impact on our program, not only in recruiting, but also in helping to continue to develop the young men that are currently wearing the M-over-S logo. Our goal is still to win the first National Championship in program history and I feel that this is another step on the path that leads to that goal."
"My family and I are ecstatic to be a part of something so special," Gautreau said. "I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to reenter the coaching profession here at Mississippi State - a program with a rich tradition and commitment to excellence. I look forward to helping our players perform at an extremely high level in front of the greatest fans in college baseball. Our goal is to bring Mississippi State University its first ever national championship."
In August 2013, Gautreau was named an 'Assistant Ready to Lead' by Perfect Game for his work with the Green Wave in his first four years on the staff. Midway through his fifth season in 2014, Tulane head coach Rick Jones stepped down, making way for Gautreau to serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the year.
During his tenure at Tulane from 2010-14, Gautreau served as the program's recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor and infielders coach. He tutored some of the finest hitters to come through Tulane. Four of his student-athletes – Rob Segedin, Jeremy Schaffer, Garrett Cannizaro and Brennan Middleton – were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
In 2010, Segedin boasted a .434 batting average, becoming just the fifth player in school history to top the .400 mark for an entire season.
Most recently, Gautreau served as Certified Player Agent for the Boras Corporation, where he identified and evaluated talent and recruited premier amateur baseball players from across the country, along with helping them prepare for the MLB Amateur Draft.
Cannizaro and Gautreau were teammates at Tulane as the duo helped lead the Green Wave to the first College World Series appearance in program history in 2001. Gautreau played third base from 1999-2001 and was named Conference USA Player of the Decade in 2005 in recognition of his career accomplishments at Tulane.
The three-year letterwinner boasted a .344 career batting average with 58 home runs, 103 walks, 200 runs scored, 233 RBI's and 275 hits. Gautreau ranks among the Conference USA leaders in RBI's, home runs, runs scored and total bases.
Gautreau also played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2000. He hit .348 (32-for-92) with seven doubles and four home runs to go with 20 RBI and a .576 slugging percentage.
After being drafted by the San Diego Padres with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 MLB Draft, Gautreau played professional baseball for eight years before accepting an assistant coach position at his alma mater in 2009.
Gautreau is married to Erin Dobyanski Gautreau, a former Tulane volleyball player, and the couple have two sons, William (4) and Weston (2). The McAllen, Texas, native earned his Bachelor of Arts in media arts from Tulane in 2011.
Cheesebrough previously was an assistant coach at Louisville with current IU head coach Chris Lemonis. In seven years as a coach, Cheesebrough has been part of five NCAA Tournament teams, including back-to-back Louisville squads that reached the College World Series.