Myers resigns as Brandywine softball coach

Published 7:57 am Thursday, March 28, 2019

NILES — Three years ago Brandywine turned to a former coach to take over the Brandywine softball program.

Today, the Bobcat softball program is in limbo due to a lack of numbers and the resignation of Jim Myers Wednesday morning.

Myers coached 17 seasons at Brandywine and posted a record of 401-148 before retiring in 2008.

Under his direction, Brandywine won nine conference championships, eight district championships and three regional titles.

The Bobcats were the state champions in 2001 and the state runner-up in 2003 and 2004.

Myers replaced Rob Hartline, who coached Brandywine for two seasons, winning a district title in 2014, but going 17-18 the following season.

Myers said he was resigning for personal reasons and due to the lack of participation in the program.

“I was brought back to rebuild the program and that is hard to do with a lack of numbers,” Myers said Wednesday afternoon. “It wasn’t an easy decision. It was not something I really wanted to do, but it is probably the best thing to do at this point in my life.”

Myers confirmed that Brandywine was not going to field a JV softball team this season. He also said that he and his coaching staff were having a hard time just filling out a varsity roster.

The potential of having injuries, like Brandywine suffered in 2018, meant that the Bobcats were going to fight the numbers issue all season long.

“We were struggling to get enough for a varsity team,” he said.