Arizona State softball coach Clint Myers accepted an offer for the same position at Auburn on Friday.
"I wanted you to know that the Myers family has decided to make a move. I have been named the new head softball coach for the Auburn Tigers," Myers said in a statement. "This was a family decision ... the reason being, my sons will be coaching with me at this new position. I am thrilled that in the final years of my coaching career that I will be able to mentor and help my sons to start their own college coaching careers."
Auburn parted with coach Tina Deese last month after leading the program since its inception in 1996. The Tigers did not qualify for the 64-team NCAA tournament this past season after going 30-23, including 7-17 against the SEC.
Myers has led ASU to the Women's College World Series in seven of his eight seasons and has two national titles with the Sun Devils. They were eliminated after losing their first two games of the WCWS two weeks ago. He is 427-102 overall at the school.
Steve Patterson, ASU vice president for athletics, said: "As we have talked with Coach Myers over the past few weeks, it is apparent to us that Coach wants to make a move to be with his family. As great a coach as he is, he is just as great as a father and grandfather, and this move will allow him to be with his family more.
"Clint has elevated our program to be one of the best, if not the best, in the nation, the past eight years. Because of his efforts, the Sun Devil head coaching position also is one of the best in the nation, and we will proceed to hire a great fit for Arizona State that continues the Sun Devil tradition at the highest level. Our list of softball highlights is extensive and will serve as a benchmark as we begin our search."
Associate head coach Chuck D'Arcy is one possible candidate to replace Myers. ASU likely will conduct a national search.