I ran this in Saturday’s Daily News, but forgot to toss it up on here. My apologies – here’s an update.
A source with knowledge of the situation told the Daily News on Friday that two new people have interviewed for the vacant Western Kentucky baseball coaching position.
In addition to 2010 WKU associate head coach Matt Myers, Louisville native and former Houston Astros player Chris Burke and former Oklahoma State head coach Tom Holliday have interviewed for the job.
WKU declined to make any official comment on the hiring process.
The position became available when former coach Chris Finwood left for the same position at Old Dominion.
After prepping at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Burke went on to play at the University of Tennessee before beginning a professional playing career that saw stints with the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Perhaps his most memorable moment came during Game 4 of the 2005 National League Division Series, during which he blasted a walk-off home run to take the series – ending a game that lasted 18 innings.
Holliday – the father of current St. Louis Cardinal Matt Holliday – spent last season as the associate head coach at North Carolina State, a position he’s held since 2008. Prior to that, Holliday served as head coach at Oklahoma State from 1997 to 2003.
Myers, during his time at WKU, tutored two Sun Belt Pitchers of the Year in Matt Hightower and Matt Ridings, and has been instrumental 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 Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003 as one of the youngest head coaches in college baseball.