Barry Myers, who was the Mercer baseball head coach from 1978 to 2003, died Thursday. He was 78.
Myers was the winningest coach in Mercer history with 663 victories during his 26-year stint with the program. The Bears won three Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) tournament titles during that time.
He also coached at Florida State, Miami-Dade Community College and Jacksonville.
“Barry was a pioneer in the sport of college baseball,” said current Mercer head coach Craig Gibson, who played for Myers and replaced Myers as the Bears’ head coach in 2004. “I thought he did more with less than anyone I ever knew at a time when there were few resources to succeed.
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“He put our program in position to have the success we have today. He’s a mentor and a friend, as well as a role model for young people. You can’t say enough about Barry; to me his is Mercer Baseball.”
Myers was inducted into the Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, and the university’s Barry Myers Endowed Scholarship was created in his honor.