July 23, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University has named John Pawlowski as its newest assistant baseball coach, head baseball coach Pat Murphy announced today.
Pawlowski replaces former ASU assistant Doug Schreiber, who took the head coaching job at his alma mater Purdue University in June of this year.
"I feel honored and excited about the opportunity to become a part of the ASU tradition," says Pawlowski.
Pawlowski has been the pitching coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Clemson University since 1993. During that time, Clemson made five consecutive regional appearances and had two trips to the College World Series (1995 and 1996). The Tigers were ACC Champions in 1994 and 1995. Clemson has averaged 46 wins from 1994-98.
"He is simply the finest pitching coach in the nation," says Murphy. "I couldn't be more pleased about his addition to the staff."
Pawlowski's pitching staff was ranked No. 1 in the nation for team ERA in 1996. That year, two of Pawlowski's pupils were first round draft picks - Kris Benson (No. 1 pick to the Pittsburg Pirates) and Billy Koch (No. 4 pick to the Toronto Blue Jays). Clemson had 15 pitchers drafted his tenure as pitching coach. The Tigers recruiting class had been ranked in the top 10 nationally over the last five years.
A former major leaguer, Pawlowski pitched in the Chicago White Sox organization from 1985-1991. He also had stints in the California Angels (1991-92) and Baltimore Orioles (1992) organizations.
Pawlowski received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Education from Clemson University in May of 1996.
Pawlowski was a pitcher and three-year letterwinner for the Tigers from 1983-1985 and had a 9-3 record as a junior with 17 starts. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1985.
The Johnson City, New York native graduated from Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, NY in 1982. There he was a three-time all conference selection in baseball and two-time selection in basketball. He was also named the high school's Student-Athlete-of-the-Year.
Pawlowski is married to the former Sarah Ann Twiggs. The couple has two daughters, Christine and Mary Louise.
Pawlowski inherits a very youthful pitching staff for the upcoming 1999 season. The Sun Devil lost all three starters from last year, including lefty Ryan Mills, who was taken by the Minnesota Twins with the sixth pick overall in the 1998 MLB Draft. ASU lost four of its top six pitchers from the 1998 squad that finished second in the nation and accounted for 28 of ASU's 41 wins last season.
The Sun Devils finished second in the nation at the 1998 College World Series with a 41-23 overall record, 18-11 in the Six-Pac.