Former Auburn Baseball Coach Paul Nix Dies
News, April 13, 2009
Paul Nix, who coached the Auburn baseball team for 22 years, won 515 games and took the Tigers to two College World Series, died Monday. He was 76.
Nix was Auburn's coach from 1963-84 when he compiled a 515-376 record. He won three Southeastern Conference championships, one SEC Tournament title and six SEC Divisional titles.
He was named the SEC Coach of the Year five times.
Prior to his tenure at Auburn, Nix was the head baseball coach at Troy State where he tallied a 77-37 record in six seasons. In 28 years, Nix was 592-413.
was a great Auburn man and we are extremely saddened by his passing,"
Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said. "He laid a strong foundation
for our baseball program and brought it national recognition with Auburn's
first-ever College World Series appearance. He was well respected by his
players and developed many that went on
Nix took the 1967 and the 1976 teams to the College World Series, finishing third in '67 and seventh in '76. He claimed SEC titles in 1967, '76 and '78 along with the league tournament crown in '78.
Nix was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 1963, '64, '67, '76 and '78 and was selected the NCAA District III Coach of the Year in 1967 and NCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 1976.
Nix is survived by his wife Gwen, two children, daughter Paula Nix Hooks and son Gary along with three brothers Gordon, Tim and Mike.
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