ASU Myers May Take Auburn Post
The following story was published late Tuesday on azcentral.com, received by Spy at 2am.
Arizona State softball coach Clint Myers is contemplating leaving the program after being offered the same position at Auburn, a source close to the situation said Thursday.
Myers is expected to make a decision on the offer Friday.
Auburn parted with coach Tina Deese last month after leading the program since its inception in 1996, and rumors soon surfaced that the Tigers were interested in Myers, who just completed his eighth season at ASU.
Though Myers likely would command a hefty pay raise at Auburn, money is not expected to be the deciding factor. The source indicated that ASU is prepared to increase Myers’ salary, although it is not clear if it would match the offer made by Auburn.
Instead, Myers is deciding whether he wants to be closer to family members that live in Alabama.
Landing Myers would be a major coup for Auburn as well as the SEC, which is looking to challenge the Pac-12 for softball superiority. Alabama gave the SEC its first national championship in softball in 2012, and Tennessee was runner-up to champion Oklahoma this past season.
Myers has led ASU to the Women’s College World Series in seven of his eight seasons and has two national titles with the Sun Devils. They were eliminated after losing their first two games of the WCWS in 2013. He is 427-102 overall at the school.
Auburn did not qualify for the 64-team NCAA Tournament this past season after going 30-23, including 7-17 against the SEC.
Associate head coach Chuck D’Arcy is one possible candidate to replace Myers should he decide to leave. However, ASU likely would conduct a national search before choosing Myers’ successor.
Myers joined ASU in 2005, the first hire by then-Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love, who was fired in 2012.
Although Steve Patterson was involved in the hiring of football coach Todd Graham in late 2011, this would be his first major head-coaching hire at ASU.
OTHER SOFTBALL NEWS
Sarah Pauly Shines in 8-4 Victory Against Racers
Corpus Christi – The Pride took down the Akron Racers in an 8-4 win at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas Thursday night, claiming the top spot in the NPF standings.
Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly threw five shutout innings until the Racers scored their first run in the sixth. Pauley, who played college softball for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and is the Islanders’ pitching coach, allowed one run on six hits. She finished the night without a walk and stuck out three.
The Pride scored their eight runs on ten hits against Akron pitcher Ivy Renfroe. It was a big night at the plate for Andrea Duran and Ashley Charters; half of the Pride’s runs came from their combined four RBIs.
Rookie pitcher and former University of Texas star Blaire Luna took the circle in relief in the seventh inning, making her professional debut. It was a rocky start for Luna, allowing two walks and three runs on three hits, including a two-run homerun to Brigette Del Ponte, but she did earn her first two NPF strikeouts, sending Aja Paculba and Brianna Turang home swinging.
The Pride take on the Racers again tomorrow night in Corpus Christi at 8:05 p.m. EST. Tune in to usssalive.com for live coverage.