10-2-2016 Softball Alumni and Intrasquad Scrimmage
With the reputation of taking a program and turning into a perennial power, head coach Clint Myers has taken Auburn softball to unprecedented heights in just three years.
Myers has guided the Tigers to back-to-back Women's College World Series appearances in the past two campaigns, when the previously best finish came with a showing at a regional final in 2006.
Since his appointment following the 2013 season, Auburn has broken 21 records, including 16 on offense, and led the nation in a plethora of categories.
Myers has coached nine All-Americans, with three coming in each of his seasons on The Plains. Before his arrival, the Tigers had five players who were tabbed All-Americans in the previous 17 campaigns.
In comparison with rivals in the conference, Myers has coached nine All-SEC performers, even setting a program record with four in 2015. Between 1997-2013, Auburn had never placed multiple players on the all-conference team lists. Since then, the Tigers have had three, four and two representatives in successive years under Myers.
|Birthplace/Hometown||Bismarck, N.D./Lakewood, Calif.|
|College||Arizona State '76|
sons, Casey and Corey
|As of Dec. 6, 2016|
|Head Coaching Career||20 seasons|
|Career Record||1,066-187-1 (.850)|
|NCAA Super Regionals||11|
|College World Series||10|
|2014-||Auburn - Head Coach||156-42-1 (.786)|
|2006-2013||Arizona State - Head Coach||429-102 (.808)|
|1996-2005||Central Ariz. (BSB) - Head Coach||406-192 (.679)|
|1987-1995||Central Ariz. - Head Coach||481-43 (.918)|
|31 seasons||1,472-379-1 (.795)|
|2013||Arizona State||Head Coach||50-12|
|2012||Arizona State||Head Coach||53-11|
|2011||Arizona State||Head Coach||60-6|
|2010||Arizona State||Head Coach||44-17|
|2009||Arizona State||Head Coach||47-19|
|2008||Arizona State||Head Coach||66-5|
|2007||Arizona State||Head Coach||54-17|
|2006||Arizona State||Head Coach||53-15|
|2005||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||30-25|
|2004||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||47-15|
|2003||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||41-19|
|2002||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||50-17|
|2001||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||46-14|
|2000||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||41-14|
|1999||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||45-17|
|1998||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||31-21|
|1997||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||34-19|
|1996||C. Ariz. (BSB)||Head Coach||32-21|
|1995||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1994||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1993||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1992||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1991||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1990||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1989||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1988||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
|1987||C. Ariz. (SB)||Head Coach||n/a|
As impressive as Myers' teams have been on the field, the program has taken a giant leap forward off of it.
Under Myers, Auburn has placed three on Academic All-America and Academic All-District lists, something that had never been done previously. In 2016, the Tigers had 24 honorees on the Academic All-SEC list. Kasey Cooper also became the first player in softball history to be named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the NCAA Elite 90 winner.
In 2016, the Auburn softball team where no team had gone before. Myers guided the Tigers to a program record of 58 wins en route to a berth in the Women's College World Series Championship Series. On its way there, Auburn swept through its own regional and took two of three from national seed Arizona in the Super Regionals, hosted at Jane B. Moore Stadium.
The Tigers then combined to score 22 runs in defeats of national seeds Florida State, Georgia and UCLA to advance to the final.
Offense was the name of the game in 2016 as Auburn paced the country with an average of 7.94 runs per game, the highest any NCAA member has posted since 2002. The biggest contributor to that total, All-American Kasey Cooper, broke the single-season program records in RBI (83), home runs (21) and total bases (163) to highlight her honor of espnW Player of the Year.
Kelsey Bogaards, Emily Carosone, Lexi Davis, Marcy Harper, Tiffany Howard. Jade Rhodes and Rachael Walters also keyed numerous record-shattering performances and left as the winningest class in program history with a four-year record of 183-64-1.
In just his second season as the head Tiger, Myers guided the Auburn program to a previous record of 56 wins and its first Women's College World Series appearance. It was a season of firsts for the Tigers as the team won its first NCAA Regional, first NCAA Super Regional and two games in its first WCWS.
Myers did it all in just year two on The Plains, setting records offensively in batting average (.339), runs (526), hits (606), home runs (99) and RBI (474). He also helped set records in attendance at Jane B. Moore Field. Over 36,000 fans attended Auburn softball games in 2015, including a season-high 2,006 that came out for the series finale against Alabama.
Emily Carosone, Kasey Cooper and Tiffany Howard were named NFCA All-Americans in 2015. Cooper and Carosone were named to the first team, while Howard made the third team for her first career All-American honor. In just two seasons under Myers, Auburn has had four players given All-American status; Carosone and Cooper became Auburn's first two-time All-Americans.
In 2014, his first with the Tigers, Myers led the team to 42 wins and only totaled 19 losses, tying for the second-most wins in one year in Auburn softball history. The team returned to the SEC Tournament after a one-year hiatus and the NCAA Tournament reaching the Minneapolis Regional final against No. 14 Minnesota. Auburn took the Golden Gophers to a deciding final game with the winner advancing to an NCAA Super Regional, something Auburn had never done.
Under Myers, Auburn's offense skyrocketed to some of its highest totals in program history. The total number of runs scored (440), home runs hit (83) and RBI (411) were the highest in any season in Auburn's history. The team batting average (.305) was also the highest in the last nine years.
As important as offense was to his philosophy, Myers also put major emphasis on defense. The nation took notice as AU's fielding percentage tied for the best in the country in 2013. The Tigers generated a .979 fielding percentage, tying with Kansas and standing only one one-thousandth of a percent higher than Florida and Oklahoma in 2014 (.978). Auburn turned 38 double-plays that year, most in the SEC and second-most in the country.
Myers captained the Sun Devils to national titles in 2008 and 2011, and made the trip to Oklahoma City seven times in eight years. In his only miss of the WCWS, he took ASU to an NCAA Super Regional. Under his guidance, ASU has averaged 53 wins per season, including 60-plus wins twice. He became the third coach in Sun Devil softball history to amass 400 victories.
The Bismarck, N.D., native has also led his teams to great success off 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 cohort ending in 2010-11 and 2009-10, with a 2011 compiled score of 998.
Prior to his stint at ASU, Myers spent 19 highly successful years coaching Central Arizona College's baseball and softball teams. From 1996-2005, he was the head baseball coach where he took the Vaqueros' to the Junior College World Series twice, winning the NJCAA National Championship in 2002. Myers posted a 406-192 record (.678 winning pct.) at Central Arizona College and earned the NJCAA Coach of the Year award in 2002.
From 1987-95, Myers built a record of 481-43 (.917 winning pct.) as the skipper of the softball team. With softball, he won six national titles including a string of five straight from 1988-1992. He was named the NJCAA national coach of the year on six occasions. Myers was also selected as the National Softball Coaches Association (NSCA) regional and National Coach of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Myers was inducted into the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Arizona Softball Foundation Hall of Fame in 2001.
A 1976 graduate of Arizona State, Myers was a member of the Sun Devil baseball team from 1970-73 and played on the College World Series runner-up squads in 1972 and 1973. He was later selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1973 Major League Draft.
Myers and his wife, Katie, have two sons, Casey and Corey. They also have three grandchildren; grandsons, Cole and Christian, and granddaughter, Carlee.