Auburn Softball Adds Byerley As Top Assistant
August 16, 2004
AUBURN -- Jack Byerley has been named the top assistant coach for the Auburn softball team, head coach Tina Deese announced on Monday.
Byerley, formerly the head coach at Francis Marion University, replaces Mike Perniciaro, who was named the head coach at Northwestern State in July.
“He brings several years of experience to the Auburn softball program,” Deese said of Byerley. “He has SEC coaching experience and is from the Alabama area. He brings us a lot of experience in a lot of different areas.”
Byerley will work primarily with the Tigers’ hitting and infielders.
Byerley comes to the Tigers after two seasons as the head coach at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. He led the Patriots to a 73-26 mark during his time there, finishing fourth in the Peach Belt Conference both years. He led Francis Marion to a 36-9 record in 2003, tying for third on the school’s all-time single season win list. During that season, the Patriots earned their first ever national ranking in Division II play.
Byerley bettered 2003 a year later, leading the Patriots to a 37-17 record, the third-best record in the program’s history.
Prior to his time at Francis Marion, Byerley served as the first assistant at the University of Florida from 2000-02, helping lead the Gators to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2001.
“He is an excellent teacher and motivator and is a great communicator,” Deese said. “He will bring a lot to the Auburn program.”
Byerley graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1981 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. He then served as the head coach at Robertsdale High School in Alabama from 1981-96. From there, he headed the softball program at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City from 1996-2000, going 205-47.