Western Kentucky hires Myers
Hilltoppers assistant takes top spot after four years with WKU
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Matt Myers, who has 18 years Division I experience as a head coach, assistant coach and student-athlete, and worked the previous four years as an assistant on the WKU staff, has been named WKU's new head coach, Director of Athletics Ross Bjork announced.
Myers has coached 28 professional draft picks or free agents signees, 16 all-conference pitchers, six freshman All-Americans, three first-team All-Americans, two conference pitchers of the year, and two conference freshmen of the year. Myers, who served the last two seasons as WKU's associate head coach, has also coached five pitchers selected in the top 10 rounds of the MLB draft.
Myers will be introduced at a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Topper Club at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
"Our program has produced significant and meaningful achievements on the field and in the classroom over the last four years, and our mission was to find the best individual to sustain the momentum we have achieved and also elevate the WKU baseball program to the next level," Bjork said. "The level of interest shown in this position was tremendous, which is a clear indication of how much respect our program has nationwide. The list of candidates who showed interest included individuals with major league baseball playing experience, current collegiate head coaches, former head coaches, and current assistant coaches from major conferences throughout the country.
"However, as our search unfolded, it became clear that Matt Myers was the ideal person to serve as our next head baseball coach. He clearly demonstrated that he has both the right attitude and the blueprint for success that our program needs moving forward. He has high level experience and a proven record of success at multiple levels as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach. He also has the respect of his peers, our student-athletes and our community, and no one knows and understands all facets of the WKU baseball program like Matt does. I know that Matt will give his full effort and I have complete confidence that he is the perfect person for our job and that his leadership will enable us to consistently produce the results and high level of success our university, program and community deserves."
"I am so excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be the next head baseball coach at WKU," Myers said. "I want to thank President Ransdell and Ross Bjork for their trust and support in me to take this program to the next level. Having put so much into this program and being a proud resident of Bowling Green, it means more than I can express to have this opportunity. This is much more than a job, because this community is so special to us and the support our family has received has been incredible.
"I am looking forward to getting our recruits in and our players back. We will have the enthusiasm, energy and passion necessary to get back to trying to win a Sun Belt Conference Championship and get back into the NCAA Regionals. That is the goal every year and that is the goal this year. The guys have been working hard and playing great over the summer, and I am really proud of those guys in how they supported this entire process. They did a heck of a job and showed a heck of an amount of maturity and I am real appreciative to our players. I couldn't be happier to be the next head coach in a place that I want to be for a long time. WKU is a special place and a special university and our program has so much potential. It is a great time to be a part of what is going on here."