Jack Byerley has been a pioneer and strong promoter of fastpitch softball. The 1981 South Alabama graduate comes to UF from Central Alabama Community College where he started the school's fastpitch program in 1996.
There, four of his teams won conference titles (1997-2000) and made three consecutive trips to nationals. Byerley was 205-47 at CACC, earning Alabama Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 2000. He also coached the volleyball program and served for four years as president of the AJCAA Coaches Association. Byerley was also the chairman for the NJCAA All-American selection committee.
Prior to his post at CACC, Byerley also started the fastpitch program at Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala. The teams captured back-to-back state titles in 1995 and 1996, winning the first Alabama High School Fastpitch State Championship. In those two years, his teams went 107-9. He received the Alabama High Scholl Athletic Association Fastpitch Coaches Award both seasons. Each of the seniors from those squads was offered an athletic scholarship to the next level. As a slowpitch coach from 1989-94, his teams made the state tournament five consecutive times and compiled a 211-46 record. Byerly also coached football, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Byerely coached UF seniors Ashley Boone and Emily Marino on the Southeastern Collegiate All-Star Team vs. the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in summer 2000. At UF, his duties include working with the infielders and hitting, and recruiting and team travel.
Byerley and his wife Barbara have been married for 21 years and have four children-a daughter and three sons. Their daughter Jennifer is in her first year at Alabama and is a manager for the Tide's softball team.
BYERLEY'S CAREER HISTORY
1996-2000 Head Coach, Central Alabama Community College, started school's fastpitch program there and made three consecutive trips to nationals
1995-96 Head Coach, Roberstdale High School, started school's fastpitch program and won back-to-back state tiles
1989-94 Head Coach, Robertdale High School, slowpitch teams compiled a 211-46 record
1981-96 Various coaching positions at Robertsdale High School, including assistant football coach, head women's tennis coach, varsity basketball coach and varsity women's volleyball coach
1981 Bachelor's of science in physical education and health, University of South Alabama
1981 Sports medicine certification, United States Sports Academy