Auburn, Ala.--Rich Bisaccia’s tenure as an Auburn assistant football coach proved to be a very short one with the running backs coach and special teams coordinator expected to return to the NFL where he has coached the past 11 years.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced on Friday that Bisaccia was leaving and that Tim Horton, who was previously the tight ends coach, will coach the running backs, the assignment he had in his previous job at the University of Arkansas.
Scott Fountain, who has been Auburn’s director of football operations and player personnel director the past four seasons, will coach the tight ends and become special teams coordinator.
Bisaccia is reported to be a candidate to become special teams coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. Previously he coached with the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Bucs of the NFL. The last two seasons he was with the Chargers before joining Malzahn's staff on January 3rd.
“Rich had an offer that he felt he could not turn down and we wish him nothing but the best,” Malzahn said. “I’m excited that Tim will be coaching our running backs. He has a tremendous track record coaching some great backs and I’m extremely confident that will continue here at Auburn.
“Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach a year ago at Arkansas State,” Malzahn added. “He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic and his strong ties in the state of Alabama will be an asset to our program.”
Horton has 12 years of experience as a running backs coach at the collegiate level, including the past six years at the University of Arkansas. He coached four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10. The group includes All-Americans Darren McFadden and Felix Jones plus All-SEC picks Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis.
During the interim after Gene Chizik was hired as head coach and before Malzahn was hired, Fountain and Al Pogue hit the road to recruit for the Tigers. Fountain continued that assignment until Malzahn completed his on the field staff. Pogue was hired by Malzahn as director of high school relations for the football staff.
Fountain, who has 14 seasons of experience in the college ranks after previously coaching high school football in the state of Alabama, has coached at FSU, Iowa State, Georgia Southern, Central Florida and Middle Tennessee State.
Fountain coached at both Flomaton High and W.S. Neal High before being named the head coach at Frisco City in 1990. Coaching the Whippets for three seasons, he moved to Monroe County for one year before beginning his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Florida State.
After coaching with the Seminoles for three seasons, Fountain moved to Central Florida in 1997 and coached there for seven seasons. He started as the offensive guards and centers coach and co-recruiting coordintator before taking over the offensive tackles and tight ends as well as the full-time recruiting coordinator from 1998-2003.
He moved to MTSU in 2004 and served as the offensive line coach for the Blue Raiders for two seasons before heading to Georgia Southern as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach in 2006. In 2007 he went with Gene Chizik to Iowa State and served as the tight end coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cyclones before moving to Auburn with Chizik for the 2009 football season.
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