After several days of speculation, Auburn University has officially named Arizona State’s Clint Myers as its new head softball coach. Myers, who led ASU to two NCAA Championships and seven trips to the Women’s College World Series during his eight-year tenure in Tempe, indicated he took the Auburn job based on family considerations.
With Myers at the helm, Arizona State softball averaged 53 wins per season, including 60-plus wins twice. He became the third coach in Sun Devil softball history to post 400 victories.
“I am very excited to begin what I expect to be a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling life change with my move to become the head softball coach at Auburn University,” Myers said. “This opportunity to coach with my family and to become part of what I feel is a total community family in the town of Auburn was one I absolutely could not pass up.”
Arizona State Vice President For Athletics Steve Patterson commented, “Clint has elevated our program to be one of the best, if not the best, in the nation, the past eight years. Because of his efforts, the Sun Devil head coaching position also is one of the best in the nation and we will proceed to hire a great fit for Arizona State that continues the Sun Devil tradition at the highest level. Our list of softball highlights is extensive and will serve as a benchmark as we begin our search.”
Patterson added, “We appreciate Clint for his honesty with us throughout this process and for all his efforts, which will eventually result in a place in our Sun Devil Hall of Fame. We wish coach and his family all the best on and off the field, and we expect to meet Auburn and coach Myers in Oklahoma City in late May in the near future.”
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, he 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.