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.
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