Scott Fountain | University of Georgia

Team: University of Georgia
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Special Teams Coordinator
Hometown: East Brewton, Alabama

Biography

Scott Fountain joined the full time, on-field staff, in 2018, after serving as a special teams analyst for the 2017 season and a short time in the off-season as special teams coordinator at Mississippi State.
 
In 2018 Georgia had two of the SEC’s top special teams players in return man Mecole Hardman and PK Rodrigo Blankenship.  Hardman led the SEC in average punt return (20.1), was fifth in average kick return (25.2), and was named to the ESPN.com All-American first team.
 
A Lou Groza semi-finalist, Blankenship earned second team All-SEC honors after finishing fifth in the SEC in scoring by kickers (8.7 points per game) and booted his school record 154th consecutive PAT. He also posted 82 kickoff touchbacks (season record) extending his school career record to 170.
 
As a team, the Bulldogs were first in the SEC in punt return yards (366) and punt return average (16.6; 7th nationally) and tied for first in punt return TD’s (2).
 
Fountain also contributed to the Bulldogs’ emergence on special teams in 2017. Hardman averaged 25.3 yards per kick return, ranking No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference and No. 21 in the nation. Georgia’s special teams unit also held opponents to 5.9 yards per punt return and 19.5 yards per kick return. Those numbers were all reduced from a year prior, as opponents averaged 6.1 yards per punt return, 23.8 yards per kick return and notched two 95-yard kickoff returns versus the Bulldogs in 2016.
 
Additionally, Blankenship hit on 20 of his 23 field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder in the 2018 Rose Bowl vs. Oklahoma and a 51-yarder in overtime of the national championship game.  He made all 63 of his PAT attempts, kicked 67 touchbacks (a Georgia season record and No. 3 nationally) and was named a semifinalist for the 2017 Lou Groza Award.  As a punter, graduate Cameron Nizialek averaged 45 yards per punt (No. 9 nationally) and was named a semi-finalist for the 2017 Ray Guy Award.
 
Before joining Georgia’s staff, Fountain had spent the previous eight years assisting the football program at Auburn, the first four as the Tigers’ player personnel director and the latter four as an on-field assistant, coordinating special teams and coaching tight ends. From 2014-16, Fountain coached kicker Daniel Carlson, a three-time Lou Groza Award finalist.
 
Fountain, a part of three SEC championship teams, led Auburn's administrative and recruiting efforts from 2009-12. He followed Gene Chizik to Auburn after spending two seasons (2007-08) on Chizik's staff at Iowa State as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
 
Fountain has coaching experience in four national championship games (1997, 2010, 2013, 2017) since beginning his collegiate coaching career at Florida State (1994-96) as an offensive graduate assistant. He then spent seven seasons as an offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Florida. Before his eight-year stint at Auburn, Fountain also included coaching stops at Middle Tennessee State (2004-05), Georgia Southern (2006) and Iowa State (2007-08).
 
Before entering the collegiate ranks, Fountain coached football at four different Alabama high schools: Flomaton, his alma mater W.S. Neal, and head coach at Frisco City (1990-92), and head coach at Monroe County (1993).
 
Fountain earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Samford in 1988 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Florida State in 1998. He is married to the former Rosie Hidalgo and the couple has four sons: Brookes, Hunter, Tanner and Skyler.

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