Jack Byerley enters his eleventh season at the helm of NWF State Softball. The Raiders have appeared in the FCSAA state tournament 10 times since Byerley arrived in 2008, going 378-158 overall and capturing three Panhandle Conference championships.
Byerley spent four seasons at Auburn University as the team’s First Assistant prior to joining the Raiders, helping lead the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament bids and a record of 150-90. Byerley assisted in recruiting, managing the yearly equipment and travel budget, as well as aiding in the on-field instruction of hitters and infielders.
Between 2002 and 2004, Byerley served as the Head Coach at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. Byerley finished with 73 victories through the two seasons spent in Florence, leading the Patriots to their first-ever NCAA ranking in Division-II play.
Byerley earned his first opportunity with a Division-I program in 2000, acting as the First Assistant at the University of Florida. The Gators earned a NCAA Tournament Regional appearance in 2001. Responsible for hitters and infielders while in Gainesville, Byerley’s duties off the field included recruiting and the organizing of team travel.
Central Alabama Community College provided Byerley with his first Head Coaching position. Byerley, who had already been heading the Trojans’ varsity Volleyball program, started the school’s varsity fastpitch softball program in 1996.
During his four years at Central Alabama, Byerley served as the President of Alabama Junior College Athletics Coaches Association and acted as a Chairman for the NJCAA All-American selection committee. Byerley was honored with the AJCA Coach of the Year award in 1997 and again in 2000.
The Trojans were ACJCA Conference champions in each of his four seasons as the program’s Head Coach, appeared in three consecutive NJCAA Tournaments, and compiled an overall record of 205-47 under Byerley’s lead.
Spanning a stretch from 1981 to 1996, Byerley coached six varsity sports at Roberstdale High School in Alabama. But it was in 1995 that Byerley pioneered the installment of fastpitch softball as a varsity sport. In his only two years leading the newly implemented program, Byerley helped the team to back-to-back state titles and an overall record of 107 victories in 116 contests.
Byerley, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education and Health. He has four children; the late Jennifer, Brien, J.J., and Blake.