Central Mo. head coach Tom Myers retires following seven seasons
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- After four MIAA regular-season titles, four MIAA tournament crowns and three NCAA regional championships, Tom Myers has announced his retirement as Central Missouri head coach.
Myers is retiring to pursue other interests and to spend more time with his family, his wife, Tiffany, and children, Logan (9) and Addison (7).
"For the past seven years I've poured my heart and soul into this program," Myers said. "I'm extremely proud of what we've accomplished during that time, but I feel it's the right time for me to step away. I want to thank athletic director Jerry Hughes and the entire UCM staff for their support during my career and especially thank the student-athletes that I've had the honor of coaching. The UCM and Warrensburg communities opened their hearts to our family and that is something we will always cherish and we will be forever grateful."
Myers compiled a 311-91 (.774) record in his seven seasons as the head coach of the Mules. He coached 25 First-Team All-MIAA selections, 13 All-Americans, four MIAA Pitchers of the Year, three MIAA Players of the Year and one National Pitcher of the Year during his tenure.
He led the Mules to the NCAA tournament in six of his seven seasons and played for the regional title in five of those years. His teams captured three regional championships, making three appearances in the NCAA Division II World Series, including a fourth-place national finish in his first season, 2008.
"Tom Myers' record speaks for itself," Hughes said. "He will go down as one of the best coaches in Central Missouri history, but his legacy at UCM goes far beyond baseball. His work with our student-athletes on the field, in the classroom and in the community has left an indelible mark on this university. We wish Tommy, Tiffany, and the kids nothing but the best in their future endeavors."
Prior to taking the head job at Central Missouri, Myers spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State and before that, three seasons as an assistant coach at UCM, including the 2003 Division II national championship season.
He retires as one of only two coaches in program history to record 300 wins. His teams won at least 44 games five times, including 52 wins during the 2010 season. During his seven years, the Mules averaged just more than 44 wins per season.