Gary McClure

Gary McClure Reflects on an Unlikely Career

Austin Peay University’s former head baseball coach Gary McClure didn’t start coaching baseball out of ambition. But, his never-say-die attitude led the Govs to more wins than ever before, and earned Gary McClure a spot in the University’s Hall of Fame.

Q: How did you originally begin coaching?

Gary McClure: I finished up playing at Cumberland University. I told my college coach I wanted to coach and he suggested I come to Austin Peay. He then spoke with their coach and then I contacted him as well. The next fall, I began coaching as student assistant and finished my undergrad hours. I then became the graduate assistant coach the following year.

Q: And then later on you were named head coach? 

Gary McClure: Actually, I took over later that year in late October. The job was given to me as sort of an afterthought and on an interim basis for that year.

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Gary McClure

Gary McClure | Experience Can Do Amazing Things

In 2013, Gary McClure and the Austin Peay State University Governors made the headlines when they won their third consecutive OVC Championship. McClure was also spotlighted as the newest member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. But according to McClure, those accomplishments came on the heels of youthful arrogance and bad luck.

A backslide

According to Gary McClure, the Govs started strong in 2013, winning all but five of their first 30 games. Then, as is often the case with young minds accustomed to victory, some players seemed to have put on blinders. The team lost seven of their next eight games, with some of his best players making careless mistakes. Gary McClure says it took the sting of losses to snap them back into shape.

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