CLINT MYERS new head coach at Auburn
June 14, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN – Clint Myers knows all about winning with a bat, ball and glove.
Auburn’s new softball coach won two national championships in that sport at Arizona State, took five other of his teams to the College World Series, won six junior college softball national titles and posted a 406-192 record as junior college baseball coach while taking two of those teams to the Junior College World Series.
For those scoring at home, that’s eight softball national titles for the man who was named Auburn’s coach on Friday.
Myers brings in one of the most impressive coaching resumes in Auburn history, and he built it by stressing the physical and mental nature of the game. He made Arizona State a force in the Pac-12, and says he’ll implement his formula for success at Auburn with his sons, Casey and Corey, coaching at his side. One son played minor league ball. The other was named the Pac-10 player of the year, twice.
Their father, once a third-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, took his winning ways to Arizona State.
“Arizona State had good athletes. The only thing we went in there with was to change the mentality, the expectations, and the standards and try to establish a tradition and legacy,” Myers said. “We believed at the start of every season that our season would end in the College World Series, hopefully, in that last game you can play. At the end of the year, there’s only going to be one winner, and we expect to be playing in that game. That’s the expectation.
“We’ve broken the season into thirds: The first third is putting into effect everything we learned in the fall. When we got into conference play, at least in the Pac-12, it was a practice for every Super Regional there was. Every time we play it’s a rehearsal to get to the College World Series. The final third of the season is to try to play our best softball to have a chance to play for the national championship.”
He won two of them at Arizona State, 2008 and 2011 and compiled a 427-102 record in eight seasons.
At Auburn, he’ll be joined by his sons, one who may be a volunteer coach, and his wife, who is also instrumental in softball. Corey Myers coordinates the Thunderbolts softball operation in Birmingham and oversees teams, giving the family immediate insight in recruiting in the area.
“We’re calling it our Alabama adventure,” Clint Myers said. “The biggest attraction to get an opportunity to do something we’ve talked about all our lives. I have two wonderful sons – both coach, and to have an opportunity to coach with them is a dream come true. Our family is very close and to have everybody on the same page and doing the same thing is a dream and we’re really, really excited about it.”
He said he was impressed by Auburn’s administration.
“We felt awesome college support,” Myers said. “If that’s an example of Southern Hospitaliy, it just makes us that much more excited to move to Alabama.”
Myers said his background in baseball was a natural steppingstone to softball.
“It’s the same game,” he said. “If you’re listening to a game on the radio, and they say it’s a ground ball hit to short and they pick it up and throw to first for the out… is that a baseball game or a softball game? The ability to teach someone to field groundballs is going to be the same for men and women.”
Myers spent 19 years at Central Arizona College, as the baseball coach from 1996-2005 and as the softball coach before that.
Sun Devils Wish Clint Myers All The Best
June 14, 2013
FROM SUN DEVIL VICE PRESIDENT FOR ATHLETICS STEVE PATTERSON
“As we have talked with Coach Myers over the past few weeks, it is apparent to us that Coach wants to make a move to be with his family. As great of a coach he is, he is just as great as a father and grandfather, and this move will allow him to be with his family more. Clint has elevated our program to be one of the best, if not the best, in the nation, the past eight years. Because of his efforts, the Sun Devil head coaching position also is one of the best in the nation and we will proceed to hire a great fit for Arizona State that continues the Sun Devil tradition at the highest level. Our list of softball highlights is extensive and will serve as a benchmark as we begin our search. Our record at Farrington Stadium is amazing, our attendance numbers continue to climb, the academic milestones and Sun Devil pride is endless and we continue to make improvements to our stadium and game experience. We appreciate Clint for his honesty with us throughout this process and for all his efforts, which will eventually result in a place in our Sun Devil Hall of Fame. We wish Coach and his family all the best on and off the field, and we expect to meet Auburn and Coach Myers in Oklahoma City in late May in the near future.”
NOTE FROM CLINT MYERS TO SUN DEVIL ATHLETIC STAFF
“I wanted you to know that the Myers family has decided to make a move. I have been named the new head Softball Coach for the Auburn Tigers. This was a family decision… the reason being, my sons will be coaching with me at this new position. I am thrilled that in the final years of my coaching career that I will be able to mentor and help my sons to start their own college coaching careers. I can only hope that my sons will have the success and wonderful experiences and memories that my family has had while coaching at ASU for the past eight seasons. Wow… LOTS of great memories!!! I am very sad to say good bye, but I am also VERY EXCITED for this amazing opportunity.”
SUN DEVIL SOFTBALL NOTES
The softball program saw great success in the eight years under Clint Myers’ tutelage including national championships in 2008 and 2011. Myers coached the top three all-time leaders in wins, saw those same pitchers throw four perfect games and the bullpen throw 13 no hitters.
In seven appearances in eight years, Myers went 14-10 in the Women’s College World Series and in the eight NCAA Tournament, Myers was 53-15 overall and 30-3 at home.
Since Myers took over in 2006, 19 players have been named All-Americans, 13 of which were first teamers, there have been 11 Academic All-Americans, 21 first team all-conference selections, 37 conference players of the week, four conference players of the year, as well as being named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice.
Myers picked up his 400th career win in 2013 and will be leaving the Sun Devils with a 427-102 record, third on the all-time wins list for the program and 113-59 in conference play. He was the third head coach in program history behind Mary Littlewood and Linda Wells. With Myers’ leadership, the program finished in the Top 10 in the polls seven of his eight years.