Scott Fountain

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Born (1966-02-28) February 28, 1966 (age 56)
East Brewton, Alabama
NationalityAmerica
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
Alma mater
  • W.S. Neal High School
  • Samford University
OccupationFootball Coach

Scott Fountain is an American college football coach who is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at the University of Arkansas since 2020.[1] Fountain has served has Special Teams Coordinator at Auburn University from the 2013 to 2016 Seasons and at The University of Georgia from the 2017 to 2019 Seasons.[1]

Early Life and Education

Fountain was born in East Brewton, Alabama on February 28, 1966 where he grew up and graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1984.[2] He later went on to play football as an offensive lineman for Samford University from 1984 to 1988.[3]

Coaching Career

Early Coaching Career

Fountain started his early coaching career as an assistant football coach at Flomaton High School in 1988. The next year in 1989 he moved to work at his high school alma mater, W.S. Neal High School, again as an assistant football coach. In 1990 at the age of 24 he received the job of head coach of the Frisco City High School football team for three years. Fountain ended his last season of coaching on the high school level as head coach of the Monroe County High School football team in 1993.[3]

Florida State University

In the beginning of Fountain’s collegiate coaching career, he was asked by Bobby Bowden to join the Seminoles as an offensive graduate assistant in 1994 for three seasons. While at Florida State coached in the 1994, 1995, and 1996 ACC Championship Game|ACC Championship games and the 1997 Sugar Bowl|1997 BCS National Championship Game versus in-state rival, University of Florida.[3]

University of Central Florida

Fountain continued his coaching career on the collegiate level when he joined the UCF Knights as an Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coach from the 1997 to 2003 seasons.[3]

Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern, and Iowa State

In the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Fountain coaches at Middle Tennessee State University as the Offensive Line Coach and then for 2006 season he coaches at Georgia Southern as the offensive line coach and gains the title of assistant head coach. After one season at Georgia Southern, Fountain begins to coach at Iowa State University for the 2007 and 2008 seasons as Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Cyclones under Head Coach Gene Chizik.[3]

Auburn University (2009-2012 Seasons)

Following Chizik over from Iowa State, Fountain was taken off the field and given the title of Director of Player Personnel which allowed him to have a major hand in the team’s administrative and recruiting efforts from the 2009 to the 2012 season. During his time in this position, Fountain helped the "Tigers sign three consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes [in the nation]".[3] This enabled the Tigers to win the 2011 BCS National Championship Game|2011 BCS National Championship in Arizona over the University of Oregon.[3]

Auburn University (2013-2016 Seasons)

After the head coaching change from Gene Chizik to current-day head coach, Gus Malzahn, Fountain stepped back out to the field as Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach from the 2013 season to the 2016 season. During the first season of Fountain’s return to the field, Gus Malzahn led the Tigers to the 2014 BCS National Championship Game|2014 BCS National Championship game where they came up short to beating Jimbo Fisher|Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles. The Tigers did not come up completely empty handed as many impressive feats occurred during the season for the Tigers. In the 2013 season, the Tigers had "the second biggest turn around in college football"[3] with a overall record of 3-9 in 2012 (0-8 SEC) to an overall record of 12-2 in 2013 (8-1 SEC). Fountain was a major part of that success as special teams for the Tigers was able to return two kick off returns and return one punt return for touchdowns.[3] Another major success of the 2013 special teams was the dubbed, Kick Six. In the 78th Iron Bowl, Chris Davis caught a missed 57-yard field goal by the University of Alabama, and returned the ball for a 109 yard field goal return for a touchdown to clinch the SEC Western Division.[3] Notable players coached by Fountain was Steven Clark, Cody Parkey, and Daniel Carlson. Punter Steven Clark was a three-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist and place kicker Cody Parkey completed 66 PAT’s in 2013 ranking him 2nd in SEC for total PAT’s made.[3]

University of Georgia (2017 Season)

During the 2017 season, Fountain was helpful in turning around the University of Georgia’s special teams into one of the top in the country. As the Special Teams Analyst, Fountain improved the special teams stats as well. Georgia’s punting unit went from allowing opponents 6.1 yards per return (2016) to 5.9 yards per return (2017).[2] Georgia’s kick-off unit went from allowing opponents 23.8 yards per return (2016) to 19.5 yards per return (2017). That is a decrease of 0.2 yards and 4.3 yards, respectively.[2] Other notable stats was Lou Groza Award|Lou Graza Semifinalist, Rodrigo Blankenship, kicking 2 field goals in the 2018 Rose Bowl and kicking 67 touch-backs during kick-offs which is a Georgia season record and was the third highest nationally.[2]

Mississippi State University (2018 Offseason)

After the 2017 season, Fountain joined Joe Moorhead|Joe Moorhead’s Mississippi State University football coaching staff for the off season, but quickly reunited with Kirby Smart|Kirby Smart’s Georgia football staff.[2][3]

University of Georgia (2018-2019 Seasons)

Coming back as the Special Teams Coordinator for Georgia, Fountain was able to coach some noteworthy players. Continuing to work with Rodrigo Blankenship, Fountain was able again make Blankenship a Lou Graza finalist in the 2018 season and in the 2019 season Blankenship won the award. To back up Blankenship's 2019 award, he was the 1st team All-SEC kicker, completed 27 out of 33 (81.8%) of his field goals, completed all 46 PAT's, and allowed only 14 kick-off returns during the 2019 season.[2]

University of Arkansas

Currently Fountain is coaching as the Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at the University of Arkansas for the 2020 season under Head Coach Sam Pittman.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Scott Fountain". Arkansas Razorbacks. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Scott Fountain - Football Coach". University of Georgia Athletics. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 "Scott Fountain" (PDF). Auburn Football: 2016 Media Almanac: 53. 24 June 2020.

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