Western Kentucky announced Monday that it has hired Matt Myers as its head coach, replacing Chris Finwood, who left for Old Dominion. Myers spent the last four seasons as an assistant at WKU, including the last two as associate head coach. The Hilltoppers went with Myers over fellow finalist Tom Holliday, North Carolina State's associate head coach.
"As our search unfolded, it became clear that Matt Myers was the ideal person to serve as our next head baseball coach," WKU director of athletics Ross Bjork said in a release. "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."
Myers has 18 years of D-I experience as a head coach, assistant coach and player. A former pitcher at Tennessee, Myers spent four years as the head coach at UNC Asheville, winning Big South coach of the year honors in 2003, then spent three years as an assistant at Auburn before heading to WKU.
As WKU's pitching coach, Myers has overseen a staff that has finished in the top three in team ERA in the Sun Belt Conference in three of the last four seasons. And as the Hilltoppers' top recruiter, Myers has helped build a team that has reached regionals twice in the last four years, matching its total over the previous 89 seasons. WKU has produced 17 drafted players over the last three seasons, a manifestation of Myers' ability to find talent on the recruiting trail.
"I couldn't be happier to be the next head coach in a place that I want to be for a long time," Myers said in the release. "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."