AUBURN, AL (EETV) -- Former Auburn star pitcher Tim Hudson is joining Auburn's coaching staff as a volunteer assistant pitching coach. First reported by 247sports, the four-time MLB all-star is replacing Steve Smith who took the head coaching position at Tennessee Tech.
Hudson is now the second former big leaguer to be on Auburn's coaching staff, joining hitting coach Gabe Gross.
Hudson was one of the best players in program history, serving as a two-way player, and had a career batting average of .319 while having a 120-16 overall record as a starting pitcher.
He led the Tigers to an appearance in the 1997 College World Series, going 15-2 on the mound with a 2.97 ERA and 165 strikeouts. Hudson did his duties at the plate as well, hitting .396, 18 home runs and 95 RBIs during that magical year.
His accolades continued to grow while he was pitching at the Oakland A's and Atlanta Braves. Hudson was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame and his .611 winning percentage ranks third all time for the franchise.
He will have a talented pitching core to work with during this upcoming season, including projected first-round pick Tanner Burns.
Hudson returned to Auburn last year to finish his degree.