Good to be back from vacation – hope everyone is doing well.
A quick update on the WKU baseball coaching situation.
The search for the next Western Kentucky baseball coach has begun, and at least one familiar face is expected to have a chance at the position.
WKU senior associate athletic director Todd Stewart told the Daily News on Monday that athletic director Ross Bjork has began to identify candidates for the position that was vacated last week when former coach Chris Finwood left for Old Dominion.
He also confirmed that Finwood’s pitching coach and associate head coach Matt Myers will interview for the job.
“The process of identifying the next baseball coach has begun, “Stewart said. “We’ve been pleased at the level of interest shown in the position, which is an indication of how much respect our program has nationwide.”
Stewart could not identify any additional candidates outside of Myers, who has not yet interviewd – but is expected to shortly.
He also added that nothing is imminent and there is no concrete timetable to replace Finwood.
As for Myers, the former Tennessee pitching standout completed his fourth year as an assistant on the WKU staff in 2011.
During his time at WKU, Myers has tutored two Sun Belt Pitchers of the Year in Matt Hightower and Matt Ridings, and has also been instrumental in several areas on the recruiting trail.
Prior to arriving at WKU, Myers spent time as an assistant coach at Auburn – with Finwood. Before that, he spent four years as a head coach at UNC-Asheville – earning the Big South Conference coach of the year honors in 2003 as one of the youngest head coaches in all of college baseball.
In total, Myers has coached 15 all-conference pitchers, two conference pitchers of the year, one conference freshman of the year, 25 professional draft picks or free agents, three first-team All-Americans and six freshmen All-Americans.
One of the pitchers Myers helped sign to WKU is former St. Xavier right-hander Matt Spalding – who was drafted in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
Spalding told the Daily News on Monday that he has yet to decide whether or not he’ll opt to play professionally, or head to WKU instead.
One other pitcher that has made his decision is right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff. Also a WKU signee, Eickhoff opted to sign with the Texas Rangers – who drafted him in the 15th round – late last week, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.