SAN DIEGO -- The Padres again reached into their past Friday when they hired Jaron Madison as their director of scouting.

Madison, who spent the last two years as the assistant scouting director in St. Louis, was a scout for the Padres in 2002 and later an assistant scouting director.

In his new role with the Padres, Madison will work closely with vice president/assistant general manager Jason McLeod on all aspects of amateur scouting.

"We are thrilled to bring Jaron back to the Padres," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said in a release. "He developed a sterling reputation in his years with San Diego for his evaluation skills and work ethic. Jason and I are both excited to have him leading our amateur scouting efforts."

A 1998 graduate of Long Beach State University, Madison coached at his alma mater from 2000-01 before beginning his career in professional baseball as an associate area scout with the Padres in 2002, working closely with then-scouts McLeod and Chris Gwynn.

Madison left San Diego to serve as an area scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2002-05, covering Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawaii before returning to the Padres as assistant scouting director in 2005. He maintained that position until joining St. Louis following the 2007 season.