Corey Myers, the Auburn Tigers' associate head coach, announced tonight that he is resigning from the Tigers coaching staff. The move is effective immediately, according to the university release.
Corey Myers has been a member of the Tigers' staff since his father, Clint Myers, took over as head coach in 2014. Unlike his brother Casey, who left for a brief period last year before returning to the Plains, Corey Myers has served continuously since being hired.
It is Corey Myers that often receives credit for the work of the Tigers' pitching staff, a group that utilized five pitchers in 2016, including a first-year transfer in Kaylee Carlson and a freshman in Makayla Martin to help lead the program to the first Women's College World Series championship series in program history.
The Tigers lost 3/5 of that same staff to graduation following last season; the 2017 staff, a group of four that again predominantly features Carlson and Martin, has already posted a 1.32 ERA in twenty-eight games and more than 210 innings of work, while opponents have hit .198 to this point in the year.
In a statement, Corey Myers noted a desire to spend more time with his family as a reason for his departure, but did not make mention of whether or not he plans to keep Auburn as his residence. An oft-mentioned factor in Clint Myers' acceptance of the Auburn head coaching position was his desire to have his extended family - including his children and grandchildren - in a close geographical area.
As of 9:45 pm, Central time, Thursday night, Corey Myers' bio on the Tigers website had already been taken down.
Per Dana Sulonen of the Opelika-Auburn News, Myers' annual salary this year was just a few hundred dollars south of $100,000.
Myers' resignation is the latest move in a headline-filled, tumultuous week for the Tigers. Following a conference series loss to Florida, an incident involving shortstop Haley Fagan and Florida head coach Tim Walton made national headlines.