Arizona State softball coach Clint Myers, who led the Sun Devils to Women's College World Series championships in 2008 and 2011, has left the program to accepted the same position at Auburn, ASU confirmed Friday morning.
"This was a family decision," Myers said in a statement. "My sons (Casey and Corey) will be coaching with me at this new position. I am thrilled that in the final years of my coaching career that I will be able to mentor and help my sons to start their own college coaching careers."
Myers took ASU to the WCWS seven times in his eight seasons, going 427-102 during his stint in Tempe. He had a 53-15 postseason record, including 30-3 at home.
"Clint has elevated our program to be one of the best, if not the best, in the nation, the past eight years," ASU vice president for athletics Steve Patterson said. "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."
ASU will conduct a national search to replace Myers, though associate head coach Chuck D'Arcy could be an internal candidate.
Myers takes over for Tina Deese, who was fired by Auburn in May after 17 seasons. Deese was the only head coach in the history of Auburn's program, and she took the team to the NCAA regionals in eight of the past 10 seasons.
"We could not have found a coach who better fits that criteria than Clint Myers, who has consistently reached the pinnacle of success in college softball," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "Anytime you can hire a coach who has won two National Championships and been to the Women's College World Series seven out of eight years, it's obviously a huge win for your program."
Myers, after 19 years coaching baseball and softball at Central Arizona College, was former ASU athletic director Lisa Love's first hire in June 2005. His replacement will be Patterson's first official hire as athletic director.
Myers was twice named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and coached four conference players of the year and 19 All-Americans (13 first-teamers) during his ASU tenure.