He just won his 800th games as a head coach over the weekend. Today, Austin Peay ensured there will be a few more.
Gary McClure has signed a four-year extension as the head coach of the Governors. That extension keep McClure at the head of the program through at least the 2017-18 season.
“Coach Gary McClure is the most celebrated and accomplished baseball coach in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference,” Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe said. “He has developed a program of outstanding student-athletes and assistant coaches that are a major force in Division I baseball that cannot be ignored or taken lightly. This new four-year contract represents our commitment to him and his leadership.”
“I am pleased and excited to have signed a contract extension to continue coaching Austin Peay baseball in the foreseeable future,” McClure said. “I also appreciate President Tim Hall and Athletics Director Derek van der Merwe were willing and committed to make this happen.
Since becoming APSU’s interim head coach in Fall 1987 as a graduate assistant and being named fulltime head coach the following spring, McClure has led the program to unprecedented heights. During McClure’s 27-year Austin Peay tenure, the Govs have achieved 19 of the program’s 24 all-time league postseason appearances, including those six NCAA Baseball Tournament trips. Austin Peay has won six NCAA tournament regional games under McClure and reached the regional championship round at Oregon in 2012 and Indiana in 2013.
In addition, 14 of McClure’s teams have posted 30-win seasons, including a school and OVC record 47-win campaign by the remarkable 2013 unit, a 44-win season by the storied 1996 squad and 40 victories by both the 2007 and 2012 squads.
Not only is the Iowa native the Governors all-time wins leader but he became the OVC’s all-time wins as well leader during the 2013 season.
McClure has seen 46 players signed by major league ball clubs, including five who have advanced to the major league level. Currently three of his former players are on major-league rosters: catcher A. J. Ellis is in sixth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers; pitcher Shawn Kelley is his sixth major league season, his second with the New York Yankees, and pitcher Matt Reynolds is in his fourth season, now in his second with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The on-field product also has improved along with the facility, with the new millennium bringing McClure and the Governors to levels previously unknown to the program. In the 13 seasons since 2000, Austin Peay has recorded 465 wins, including 10 30-victory-plus seasons. Additionally, the Govs also have won 205 OVC contests, captured a league-best five regular-season titles and won the league’s tournament five times.
Parts provided by press release from Austin Peay Athletics