|Position:||Associate Head Coach/Alumni Development Director|
E-mail: Thomas.Myers@athletics.ucsb.edu Tom Myers returns for his 11th season at UCSB after spending four seasons with the Gaucho coaching staff from 1998-2001. The 2011 season continues a new role for Myers as he was named Associate Head Coach/Alumni Development Director following the 2009 season. Myers will still continue with his roles of pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
His other duties include academic affairs, fundraising and Gaucho Baseball Camp development. Prior to returning to UCSB, Myers spent three seasons in the West Coast Conference as pitching coach at Santa Clara University.
In 2010 X pitchers were drafted out of the Gaucho program, including Mario Hollands, who was taken in the 10th round of the June MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Sam Phippen (XX round) signed with the Chicago White Sox organization while Jesse Meaux (Phillies) and Kevin Gelinas (New York Mets) were also drafted but chose to return to UCSB.
Myers helped the 2010 pitching staff to some of the best numbers in the Big West as Meaux, Greg Davis and Nick Loredo ranked among the conference's top-10 in fewest walks per inning. Davis and Loredo also ranked in the top-10 of fewest hits per inning as well. Meaux and Hollands were consistently ranked among the best pitchers in the conference in numerous categories, including wins, innings pitched, ERA and strikeouts.
The 2009 season saw several of Myers' pitchers earn awards and eventually sign professional contracts. Joe Gardner was named the Gauchos only First Team All-Big West player and was the highest Big West player selected in the Major League Baseball June amateur draft when he was chosen in the third round by the Cleveland Indians. Forest Cannon was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and Zach Samuels signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers. Mario Hollands was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, but elected to return to UCSB in 2010.
Myers's 2009 recruiting class once again received national recognition from Collegiate baseball.
2008 marked another outstanding year for Myers' pitching staff with three Gaucho pitchers receiving MLB contract offers (Chuck Huggins - second time drafted as a Gaucho - Toronto Blue Jays, Jason Roenicke, Toronto Blue Jays and Kyle Brown, Seattle Mariners). In addition, sophomore hurler Mike Ford earned Second Team All-Big West honors as did Mike Martin while freshman pitcher Mario Hollands received Freshman Big West Pitcher of the Year. Hollands also garnered Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger. The Gaucho pitching staff was ranked 61st in the country in team ERA.
In Myers' return as recruiting coordinator for the Gauchos, the 2008 recruiting class received national recognition by Collegiate Baseball ranking the stellar class 52nd in the country. The 2007 recruiting class received national recognition by Collegiate Baseball ranking 43rd in the country. In 2005 Studentsports.com tabbed the Gaucho recruiting class 25th in the country.
As pitching coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 2002-2004, Myers was instrumental in shaping two recruiting classes that ranked in the top 15 in the country according to Baseball America. The 2003 Bronco pitching staff finished second in the WCC in several pitching categories. During his time at Santa Clara, Myers had the privilege to coach three All-American pitchers, and eight Bronco hurlers signed professional contracts.
The 2001 UCSB pitching staff assembled by Myers is considered one of the best in the program's history. The staff maintained a 3.96 team ERA during the regular season en route to an NCAA Regional appearance and a 40-17 overall record. For the first time in UCSB history, the pitching staff had produced two 10-game winners in Rylie Ogle and James Garcia. From the 2001 pitching staff, Rylie Ogle and James Garcia received All-Big West Honors and Garcia and Matt Vasquez received All-American honors. The staff had three pitchers selected in the MLB first year amateur draft, Jim Bullard (seventh round, Chicago White Sox), Jamie Gonzalez (18th round, Detroit Tigers) and Rylie Ogle (32nd round, New York Mets).
From 1998-2009, Myers has overseen 36 pitchers that have signed professional contracts. Twenty-nine had never been drafted prior to their tenure with Coach Myers. Eleven pitchers have garnered All-Conference honors in the Big West and West Coast Conference and seven have been named All-Americans. Myers has worked with a total of 68 players that have been drafted or have signed a professional contract.
During the summer of 2009, Myers was the Head Coach of the Brewster Whitecaps in the prestigious Cape Cod league. During the summer of 2008, Myers was Head Coach in the prestigious Alaskan League for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers. Myers guided the Oilers to a 33-19 overall record and finished in ninth place in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Under Myers' tutelage RHP Joe Gardner received Alaskan League Co-Pitcher of the year and was rated the fifth-best prospect in the Alaskan League according to "Perfect Game." In 2007, Myers was pitching coach for the CCL Champion Santa Barbara Foresters. The Foresters finished fourth in the country in the 2007 NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
As part of the 1991 UCSB baseball team, Myers was an All-Big West selection in his only season as a Gaucho, winning ten games and saving three in 24 appearances. Myers joined UC Santa Barbara for his senior season after two years playing for Barry Woodhead at San Jose City College and one year playing for Jerry Kindall at the University of Arizona. Following his senior year at UCSB, Myers was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 1991 first year amateur draft. Myers spent 5.5 seasons playing professional baseball for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals.
In 1997, Myers began his coaching career at Porterville Junior College. In the summer of 1998, Myers served as player-coach in the Dutch Professional League in Haarlem, Holland, and in 1999 was an envoy coach for Major League Baseball International in Wavre, Belgium.
A graduate of Archbishop Mitty School in San Jose, Calif., Myers earned his BA in history from UCSB and his MA in physical education from Azusa Pacific. Myers resides in Santa Barbara with his seven-year-old daughter, Lauren.