By Jeff Shearer
AUBURN, Ala. - Clint Myers began his talk at the “This is Auburn” Speaker Series by telling the story of his first meeting three years ago with Auburn’s Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs.
“Jay was talking about the Auburn Family. I was talking about the Myers family,” said Auburn’s Hall of Fame softball coach. “I quickly realized it’s the same belief system. The Myers just don’t have a creed.”
Clint and son, Corey, Auburn’s associate head coach, told stories, cracked jokes and fielded questions from a packed room Friday at the Auburn Alumni Center.
“I love the people I work with,” Clint said. “I love the job that we do. I’m the luckiest guy in the world, because I get to work with my family.”
Speaking of family, Clint expressed a sense of awe for Corey’s ability to balance coaching, family, and being a full-time student.
“It was really important to start going to school here, and to stay. To me, this is a one of a kind education,” said Corey, who played professional baseball for more than a decade after being the 4th player taken overall out of high school in the 1999 Amateur Draft.
“I’ve learned not to sleep,” joked, Corey, who has nine more classes remaining after this semester. “Five classes this semester, and practice starting next week. A little hairy sometimes to get home and see the kids and the wife, but it’s something I’ve done for three years, and I’m enjoying every second of it.”
Corey talked about his admiration for his father.
“He’s coached baseball and softball at every level, and he’s won at every level,” Corey said. “He’s got more national championships than he has fingers. If he were coaching checkers, he’d find a way to teach someone to be a champion at checkers.
“Because we don’t coach the sport. We coach the individuals. And, for me, getting a chance to be an Auburn person. Not just live here. Not just work here. But be a student. You get an understanding of what you think Auburn is on day one, showing up as a freshman. And then what you feel Auburn is leaving four years later.
“It’s really easy to coach here, because just being an Auburn person sets you up for success,” Corey says. “And that’s something that we drive home to them all of the time.”
In three seasons, the Myers have led Auburn to back-to-back SEC Tournament championships, and consecutive trips to the Women’s College World Series, finishing as runner-up this year.
“We came up one run short,” Corey recalled telling the team after the final game against Oklahoma. “We didn’t lose. We didn’t lose anything. How can you not feel like winners? You have done something in two years that no one thought was possible.
“It’s not about winning games. You’ve turned an entire community of people into softball fans,” Corey said.
His father, standing beside a screen that contained his motto, “Greatness is a way of life,” said he’s proud of the direction Auburn’s program is heading. But’s he’s prouder of his players’ conduct off the field.
“We can make the world a better place by the words we use and the actions we do and the decisions that we make.”
Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @jeff_shearer