The Opelika-Auburn News reported today that Volunteer Assistant Coach Casey Myers is leaving Auburn to take a job with the San Diego Padres.
While unexpected, it's not surprising that someone with the title "Volunteer Assistant" would leave and take a job with a big-time professional baseball club. As noted in that article, he does have experience coaching baseball, though this will be his first time with a major league club. That's an opportunity that's just too good to pass up.
Unfortunately, it breaks up the awesome family team Auburn had going at Auburn. Auburn Softball Coach Clint Myers worked through most of his career without his sons, so while this isn't great news, it's by no means devastating news to Auburn Softball. Casey Myers is an important part of the team, though, as the hitting coach and obviously means a lot to the players as evidenced in the above article. Auburn's batting has improved dramatically since his arrival as they broke numerous team records, and I'm sure his coaching will be missed.
There is no word yet on who will take his place with the team. You can read the official announcement of his departure, here.
Auburn Softball begins their quest to head back to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series against Appalachian State on February 11th. They'll do so in a Jane B. Moore Field that has undergone - and will continue to undergo - some renovations from last season. Seating has increased, and there will be more concessions offerings, as well.