Tom Myers is in his seventh season as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the UCSB Gaucho coaching staff. His duties include academic affairs, fundraising and Gaucho Baseball Camp development. Prior to returning to UCSB, Myers spent three seasons as pitching coach at Santa Clara University. He is also on the Advisory Team for worldwidebaseballprospects.com.
As pitching coach for the Broncos, Myers was instrumental in shaping two recruiting classes that ranked in the top-15 recruiting classes in the country. In three seasons with the Broncos, Myers was privileged to coach three All-American pitchers, with Patrick Overholt receiving Freshman All-American honors. Under Myers tutelage four Bronco pitchers signed professional contracts.
As a member of the Gaucho coaching staff, the 2001 UCSB pitching staff was considered one of the best in the history of the program. The staff maintained a 3.96 Team ERA during the regular season en route to a NCAA Regional appearance and a 40-17 overall record. For the first time in UCSB history the staff produced two ten game winners in James Garcia and Rylie Ogle. Not since Myers himself had done so in 1991 had a Gaucho pitcher recorded 10 wins. Under the tutelage of Myers, Garcia garnered Third Team All-American and First Team All-Big West honors in his first season as a starting pitcher, while Ogle was named Second Team All-Big West and freshman Matt Vasquez received Freshman All American honors. In 1999, Myers helped guide Freshman All-American, Chris Quiroz, who saved a record 10 games. UCSB’s 1999 and 2000 recruiting classes received rankings of 35th and 38th nationally by Collegiate Baseball.
From the 2001 Gaucho pitching staff, three Gauchos were drafted and signed professional contracts from Major League Baseball. Left-handed pitcher Jim Bullard became one of the highest draft picks in Gaucho history when the Chicago White Sox selected him in the 9th round. The Detroit Tigers took senior closer Jamie Gonzales in the 12th round and the New York Mets took Rylie Ogle in the 28th round. Myers has had the privilege to tutor 15 pitchers who have signed professional contracts and five All-American pitchers, three being Freshman All-Americans.
As a member of the 1991 UCSB baseball team, Myers was an All-Big West selection in his only season as a Gaucho, winning 10 games and saving three in 24 appearances. Myers joined UC Santa Barbara for his senior season after two years at San Jose City College and one at the University of Arizona. He saw time on the mound and in the outfield for Head Coach Barry Woodhead helping San Jose City College to a Golden Gate Conference Championship and State Finals berth. As a Wildcat in 1990, he compiled a 1-1 record with a save for Head Coach Jerry Kindall. Myers spent his prep career under the tutelage of Bill Hutton at Archbishop Mitty High School.
Following his senior year at UCSB, Myers was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball First Year Draft. As a player, Myers pitched under the guidance of Gil Patterson, Tom House, and Bob Gibson, with the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals. Myers was a member of the 1991 Arizona League Champions and 1993 California League Northern Division Champions. Myers received pitcher of the Month Honors in 1995 for the Visalia Oaks of the California League.
In the summer of 1998, Myers was an envoy coach for Major League Baseball International program in Wavre. He began his coaching career in 1997 for Porterville Junior College and was a player/coach in the Dutch Professional Leagues for the village of Haarlem.
A graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Myers earned his BA in History from UC Santa Barbara and his MA in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific. Myers is married to the former Janet Elizabeth Andrew. They have a daughter named Lauren who is 2 years old.