Just before Gus Malzahn was set to speak to the media, some huge news broke from Auburn.
Clint Myers, Auburn’s stellar head softball coach, will retire, effective immediately.
Myers led the Tigers out of a mediocre stretch of softball, joining the ranks of the SEC elite teams in the sport. Under his four seasons on the Plains, Auburn won back-to-back SEC Tournament championships in 2015 and 2016, reached the Women’s College World Series in both seasons, and finished second in the nation after reaching the championship series in June of 2016.
Myers’ mark at Auburn stands at 205-54-1, and he produced some of the most prolific offenses in school history, setting seventeen records on that side of the ball. The school says that the coaching search for his replacement will begin immediately.
I was a part of the Auburn Network back from 2008-2011, and my first assignment for radio play-by-play was for softball back in the 2009 season when Tina Deese was still head coach. At that time, Alabama and Florida were the elite teams in the conference, with Georgia and Tennessee in the next tier. What Myers did, putting Auburn on par with national championship teams, was incredible. I met him for the first time at the SEC Softball Tournament in 2016, and the mixture of coaching with command and with affection for his players was great to watch.
Myers led the most successful stretch in Auburn’s fairly short softball history, but he made great strides in raising the popularity of the game as high as it’s ever been at Auburn. What happens next will be interesting to watch for sure.