July 8, 2013
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn softball head coach Clint Myers began filling out his staff with the addition of assistant coach Scott Woodard and director of operations Jim Beitia.
"Scott brings a great deal of experience to our program," Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. "He works really well with hitters and is a great defensive coach. He has been a baseball coach, a softball coach and was the director of athletics at Western New Mexico. It was very clear to me that he will be a great fit for us here at Auburn."
Woodard will work with all aspects of the Tigers' program. Woodard previously served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with Myers at Arizona State the past two seasons.
Prior to joining Arizona State in 2011, Woodard spent 15 years as the director of athletics and softball head coach at Western New Mexico University, his alma mater. A native of Carlsbad, N.M., Woodard was an all-star shortstop for Western New Mexico and was twice named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.
In addition to overseeing Western New Mexico's 11 intercollegiate athletic teams, Woodard served as an assistant coach for the Mustangs' football team from 1992-1996. As the team's offensive coordinator in 1995, Woodard helped the Mustangs to a 7-4 record and an upset of Cal State Northridge.
Jim Beitia joins the Tigers after spending the 2012 and 2011 seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch League with the Carolina Diamonds. Beitia served as the Diamonds' director of player development in 2012 and assistant coach/general manager in 2011.
"Jim is one of a kind," Myers said. "He was the head softball coach at the University of Oklahoma and started the softball program at the University of Tennessee. He was my director of operations for three years at Arizona State and did a tremendous job. It is a real asset to have him join us here at Auburn."
Beitia is rejoining Myers after serving as director of softball operations at Arizona State from 2005-08. Beitia has previous experience in the Southeastern Conference, serving as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols softball team from 1994-2001. Beitia compiled a record of 233-163 (.588) and an SEC record of 64-75 (.460) as the Lady Vols' first head coach in the sport.