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Myers Resigns as PSU Head Baseball Coach

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Pittsburg State head baseball coach Tom Myers has resigned his position with the school. Myers spent just two seasons as the head coach of the Gorillas, leading the team to a 56-48 record, and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 16 years. Myers resigned to "pursue other personal and professional interests outside of higher education."

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University athletic director Jim Johnson announced today (May 30) that Tom Myers has resigned his position as the Gorillas head baseball coach to pursue other personal and professional interests outside of higher education.
 
Johnson indicated Pitt State will move quickly to identify and secure the program's fifth all-time head baseball coach moving forward.
 
"We are sorry to lose a coach and a person the caliber of Tommy from our department," Johnson said. "Thanks to his tremendously hard work the past two years, Tommy leaves the program in a better place than he found it. The future remains bright for the Gorillas as we will usher in a new mentor for the program and look to build upon the great foundation Tommy, his staff and players have built the past two seasons."
 
Myers compiled a 56-48 record (.538) in two seasons leading his alma mater. He guided the Gorillas to a 33-21 mark this past spring and the program's first appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament since 2002.
 
Myers served two years as Associate Athletic Director for Facilities at Pitt State before becoming head baseball coach on May 11, 2016.
 
"I want to thank Jim Johnson and President Scott for the opportunity to serve as the head baseball coach at Pittsburg State," Myers said. "I have wonderful memories and love this University.  
 
"I would also like to thank my staff. Aaron Meade has done an incredible job as our recruiting coordinator. He has transformed the product that we put on the field. His efforts are consistent with who he is and the ideas we had for the program, to recruit and sign talented student-athletes that we could trust off the field and in the classroom. He brought winners to our program!
 
"Jason Immekus spent a lot of time with our players to help them within the game but most importantly with life skills. Our players' maturation was sped up because of how he handled our young men.
 
"Jacob Bryant spent hours with our hitters and position players. Their on-field growth can be credited to his time and energy to help them.
 
"Denny Vilela produced the league's best offensive team. We could do so many great things as a team. We put opponents in tough situations and won a lot of games because of his approach and determination to help them.
 
"Thank you guys for all your work to bring Gorilla Baseball back into the national spotlight. 
 
"To all the players that we had in my two years, thank you for your commitment and consistent approach to each day. You guys passed the tests and came out shining. Life will throw each of you challenges. I know that each of you will succeed because of your character, work ethic and dedication to a greater cause. Stay involved with your team and teammates. Gorilla Baseball is better because of you!  Love you all! #LiveLikeJake."
 
Prior to joining the Pitt State administrative staff, Myers enjoyed a decorated seven-year career as head baseball coach at the University of Central Missouri, where he compiled a 311-91 (.774) record and led the Mules to four MIAA regular season titles, four MIAA Tournament crowns and three NCAA Division II Regional championships.

Myers 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.

Prior to taking the head coach job at UCM, Myers spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State University and, before that, three seasons as an assistant coach at UCM, including the Mules' 2003 Division II national championship season.
 
Myers, a native of Bartlesville, Okla., earned a bachelor's of arts degree in management from Pittsburg State in 1999, after enjoying a decorated three-year playing career for the Gorillas (1996-98).
 
Following graduation, he served as a student assistant coach at Pitt State in 1999 and 2000, helping the Gorillas capture the 1999 MIAA Tournament title and earn their third straight NCAA Division II Regional berth.
 
He earned his master's degree in sports and business administration from Central Missouri in 2001.

Tom is married to the former Tiffany Beshore, who played basketball at Pittsburg State from 1997-98. The couple has two children, Logan, 13, and Addison, 11.

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