Former Auburn head softball coach Clint Myers, who left the program in August amid allegations his son and assistant coach Corey Myers engaged in inappropriate behavior with players, was reprimanded in his previous job as head coach at Arizona State University for issues involving Corey as well, records released Friday to ESPN’s Outside the Lines show.
In January 2011, then-ASU athletic director Lisa Love sent Clint Myers a letter noting that Corey was “not to come onto the field or into the facility areas that are open only to coaching staff, student athletes and authorized ASU Athletics staff without the prior written permission of the sport supervisor … Corey may not serve in any paid or unpaid capacity in any role with the women’s softball program.”
The concerns involving Corey at Arizona State in the letter did not pertain to any inappropriate behavior or relationships with players; rather, they were related to Corey working as a volunteer coach without permission, using Corey’s graphic design company for team materials, and allowing Corey’s skills academy to use university facilities.
The records, along with interviews with some of Clint Myers’ former supervisors and colleagues, show a head coach who actively sought to include and advance his son within the team. Auburn players have said their former head coach’s actions created a similar culture there, one that enabled and shielded Corey while also intimidating players who complained about his alleged inappropriate behavior.
“He thought Corey was the best strength coach. The best assistant coach,” one former ASU colleague said of Clint Myers. “He had a very high opinion of Corey, which caused a lot of angst with people on his staff because he valued Corey’s opinion above anybody else’s.”
Multiple former ASU officials told Outside the Lines the main reason for Clint Myers’ departure was that Arizona State officials would not allow him to hire Corey as an assistant coach.?After Auburn hired him,…