AUBURN, Ala. — One week after his son Corey Myers’ abrupt resignation as his associate head coach, Auburn softball head coach Clint Myers addressed the media Thursday afternoon.
Corey Myers stepped down from his post March 30, stating in a press release that his relationship with his family needed to be his “top priority” now. The resignation came on the eve of Auburn’s road weekend series with rival Georgia, which it swept.
“He needed to spend some time with his family,” Clint Myers said Thursday. “Being a full-time coach, full-time dad, full-time husband … I mean, it’s tough. It was something he had to do and life goes on. No one person is bigger than the program.”
When asked about the timing of the decision, the elder Myers said “dealing with personal issues is never good.”
Clint Myers said he would personally welcome his son back to the program, but he added he couldn’t speak for university or athletic department administration.
“I’d take him back in a heartbeat,” Myers said. “But I mean again, (if) there’s a point in time that when that would be, I have no idea. … He’s my son and I loved working with him and I hope to in the future we can be able to work with him again.”
Clint Myers said he didn’t know if his son’s resignation was related to the leave of absence he took from the team last fall.
The expectation around the program was that Corey Myers would succeed his father as Auburn softball head coach whenever he decided to retire. Clint Myers said Thursday that Corey’s resignation did not affect his long-term plans at Auburn.
“I’ve got a contract through 2020, and that’s going to be up to (Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs) and what he wants to do,” Myers said. “But I plan to honor my contract, God willing, health willing, that I’ll get through that.
“We’ve got a lot of great kids coming in. We’ve got kids that are (2018 and 2019 recruits) that have been ranked No. 1 in the recruiting class. I may not be the smartest cookie in the cookie jar but why would I walk away from the best recruiting class?”
Corey Myers handled Auburn’s pitching staff during his time with the program. Clint Myers said in his absence, student manager Hunter Veach — the older brother of sophomore first baseman Kendall Veach — will take over some of the role.
“Right now, Hunter Veach is the emergency fourth coach,” Myers said. “Hunter and I are sharing the pitching responsibilities and I got the infielders. Hunter worked closely with Corey so nothing has changed. The difference is Hunter and I are calling pitches.”
The No. 5 Auburn softball opens a three-game home series against Ole Miss on Friday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, and the game will stream on SEC Network+.