A softball home run for Auburn

In a move heard around the world of college softball, highly successful Arizona State coach Clint Myers was named head coach at Auburn on Friday.

Clint Myers named head softball coach at Auburn

Myers made the move after winning two national championships and playing in the College World Series seven times in his eight seasons at Arizona State. Myers’ record at Arizona State was 427-102 overall and 113-59 in the Pac-12.

Meyer's agreed to a five-year contract for $180,000 per year. He will be joined on the Auburn staff by his sons, Corey and Casey. One could be a volunteer assistant. His wife, Katie, is also heavily involved in the program.

"I am very excited to begin what I expect to be a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling life change with my move to become the head softball coach at Auburn University,” Myers said. “This opportunity to coach with my family and to become part of what I feel is a total community family in the town of Auburn was one I absolutely could not pass up."

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs welcomed Myers' decision.

"When we began our search for a new softball coach, the goal was to find a proven winner who could help us compete for championships," Jacobs said. "We could not have found a coach who better fits that criteria than Clint Myers, who has consistently reached the pinnacle of success in college softball. Anytime you can hire a coach who has won two national championships and been to the Women's College World Series seven out of eight years, it's obviously a huge win for your program.

"No less important is the fact that Coach Myers' student-athletes have also been consistent winners in the classroom. I am delighted to welcome Coach Myers and his wife, Katie, to the Auburn family. One of the things I learned about Coach Myers during this process is how important family is to him. That will make him a great fit at Auburn."

Before moving to Arizona State, Myers built powerhouses in softball and baseball at Central Arizona College. As head baseball coach from 1996-2005, he was 406-192 and advanced to the Junior College World Series twice. As head softball coach from 1987-1995, he had a remarkable 481-43 record and won six national championships, including five in a row. He was named national Coach of the Year six times.

Myers played baseball at Arizona State from 1970-73, playing on College World Series runners-up in 1972 and 1973. He was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1973 major league baseball draft.

At Arizona State, Myers’ players were as successful off the field as they were on the field, twice being honored in the top 10 percent in APR scores among NCAA softball teams. ASU softball was recognized for the four-year period ending in 2010-11 and 2009-10, with a 2011 compiled score of 998.

The announcement that Myers had taken the job ended an Auburn search that began when Tina Deese, the only coach in the program’s history, was fired after the 2013 season.

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