It’s been an overwhelming week for Scott Myers on both a personal and professional level.
Monday he was named baseball coach of Flowery Branch High, where he has been an assistant with the Falcons on his predecessor Jimmy Lawler’s staff the past five seasons. Just days earlier on Friday, Myers and his wife, Alyson, welcomed their second child, daughter Camden, into the world.
“I’m just taking everything one day at a time,” said Myers, who becomes a baseball coach for the first time in his career after 11 years as an assistant between Flowery Branch and Tennessee schools Brighton and Munford. He coached basektball at Brighton Middle from 2000-03.
“I’m glad my wife is such a big supporter. She keeps me grounded and is a vital part in all of this.”
Myers becomes the second baseball coach in program history after Lawler spent nine seasons at the helm. Lawler resigned recently after a promotion to assistant principal.
Falcons athletic director Shannon Benton picked Myers to take over for Lawler from a select field of candidates within the school.
“We had several very qualified persons on staff to take over this program,” said Benton in a statement given to The Times. “Coach Myers has been with our program for six years and has worked very hard. We are very excited to have him lead this program.”
The Falcons finished 5-20 last season in Region 7-AAA a year after going 20-7 and reaching the state playoffs, where they were eliminated in the first round by Oconee County. Next season, the Falcons will play in 8-AAAA, an 11-team region.
“It’s going to be tough stepping into 8-AAAA,” Myers said. “It’s a tough region with Loganville, Winder-Barrow and Salem. Not that where we were wasn’t tough, but this is a different brand of baseball.”
Myers credits an inexperience and injuries to reasons for the Falcons’ struggles last season. Two starting seniors — pitcher James Mills and center fielder Brad Stone — missed the entire season with injuries. The Falcons were competitive in a number of games, but had difficulty closing them out.
“We just couldn’t find a way to win,” Myers said. “We’d play well for six innings, but one mistake snowballed and that was all it took.”
The Falcons finished the season on a stronger note, closing with a 3-3 record in their final six games. Myers believes the pitching staff will be a plus for next season’s team because the Falcons return all pitchers from 2010.
“I’d say we’re definitely looking forward to the future of Flowery Branch baseball,” Myers said. “I’m excited and I think we’re going to be good.”