Corey Myers (above) is shown at last season's Auburn Super Regional.
Auburn, Ala.--As his softball team looks to win a fifth consecutive SEC game when the Tigers return to their home field on Friday evening to play Ole Miss, Auburn Head Coach Clint Myers said he wishes Corey Myers was still with the team and is glad his other son, Casey Myers, is a part of the coaching staff.
Corey Myers was the pitching coach for the Tigers before resigning last week prior to the team’s road trip to Georgia as well as associate head coach.
Asked why Corey Myers made the move, Clint Myers said, “He needed to spend some time with his family and being a full-time coach, a full-time dad, a full-time husband--it’s tough. It was something he had to do. Life goes on. No one person is greater than the program.”
The head coach said, “He’s family. You guys know how important family is to me. Do I wish he was out here? Most definitely, but he is a man and he has a family, and he has to do what he feels is best for him and his family.”
Asked if he would make a spot on the staff for his son at a future time, the head coach said, “I would take him back in a heartbeat.”
Clint Myers (right) and Corey Myers (left) are shown after an AU victory at the College World Series.
The other Myers son on the coaching staff, Casey, is working with the hitters while Coach Hunter Veach is helping Clint Myers work with the pitchers.
“Casey is probably the smartest Myers of us all,” the head coach said of his son who rejoined the program this season after spending the 2016 season working with the San Diego Padres. “Casey is in it for the long-term. As long as I am here, Casey will remain.”
Clint Myers said he plans to continue to coach through the 2020 season at Auburn. When he is ready to retire if AU is interested in promoting Casey Myers to the head coach job, Clint Myers said he could get the job done. “To me, Casey Myers is the best coach out there.
“Logic would say if he wanted to do it, and Auburn wanted him to do it, it would be a continuation of everything we have done,” the Hall of Fame coach added. “He is a teaching guy and he loves to teach. That is the reason he came back.
“How many people do you know that walk away from a big league job, and he was in the big leagues coaching at the highest level. He gave that up to come back with us and be with this team to teach and coach.”
Auburn, which is 31-5 overall and 6-3 in the country, is ranked fifth and sixth nationally in this week’s polls after the first-ever three-game road sweep of the Georgia Bulldogs. AU and 21st-ranked Ole Miss will open their series at 6 p.m. on Friday at Jane B. Moore Field with game two on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.