Metheny to be inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame on Friday

DURANT, Okla. - Former Southeastern head baseball coach and hall of famer Mike Metheny has been selected to be inducted into the American baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony set for Jan. 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

Metheny is one of six inductees this year and is joined by John Casey of Tufts, Tim Corbin from Vanderbilt, Wayne King Jr. from Joliet Junior College, Mike Kinnison from Delta State, and Dennis Rogers from Riverside City College.

The 2020 ABCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the 76th annual ABCA Convention on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration for the convention as well as tickets to attend the Hall of Fame banquet will go on sale September 1.

Induction to the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the organization. The ABCA was founded in 1945 and the Hall of Fame began in 1966.

After 37 years at the helm of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University baseball program, Mike Metheny announced his retirement from coaching following the 2017 season. He finished his storied career with a national championship and as the winningest coach in NCAA Div. II baseball history.

Metheny secured his place in the record books during his final season, capturing his 1,315th win and surpassing longtime Armstrong State skipper and ABCA Hall of Fame member Joe Roberts on the all-time list. He is one of only 18 NCAA Div. II coaches to ever reach the 1,000-win plateau and became just the third NCAA Div. II coach to reach 1,300 wins. He also ranks among the top 20 on the all-time wins list regardless of division.

For his career, Metheny finished with a 1,324-679-3 (.660) record, with his teams averaging over 35 wins per season.

His connection with Southeastern spanned more than 40 years from his beginnings as a player, through being a graduate assistant, an assistant coach and ultimately taking over as the head coach for the 1981 season.

Metheny guided the Southeastern baseball program through its successful transition from NAIA to NCAA Div. II. In just their second season at the Div. II level, he led his squad to the NCAA Div. II World Series and secured the program's first national championship in 2000. The title earned him ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year honors.

While a member of the NAIA, his teams made seven trips to the NAIA World Series and earned three runner-up finishes.

Throughout his tenure, Metheny's teams claimed 15 conference championships, earning him conference coach of the year honors nine times and regional coach of the year honors seven times.

Metheny coached 54 players who have signed professional contracts and guided 35 players to a total of 42 All-American honors. Among those are a pair of National Player of the Year honorees in Alan Cartwright in 1982 and Cary Ammons in 1997.

In January of 1999, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame while at the ABCA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Metheny's No. 1 jersey was retired by Southeastern on Nov. 11, 2017, joining his predecessor Don Parham (No. 5) and Major Leaguer Brett Butler (No. 2) in that honor.

In 2019, Metheny became the third former Southeastern coach to have a venue on campus named in his honor when Southeastern athletics renamed The Ballpark in Durant, the long-time home of the Savage Storm baseball program, to Mike Metheny Field in honor of the all-time wins leader.