DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Okalhoma State will officially retire former head baseball coach Mike Metheny’s iconic No. 1 jersey on Nov. 11 during the Southeastern football game at 2 p.m. against East Central at Paul Laird Field and will feature a reception that night during Southeastern’s women’s basketball game at Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Metheny retired from coaching following his 37th season at the helm and left the game as the Division II leader in all-time victories.
He finishes his storied career with 1,324 career victories across from 679 losses and three ties to push his career winning percentage to .660 over 37 seasons, averaging just over 35 wins per season.
Metheny guided the baseball program through its successful transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, and in just the second season at the D-II level he led his squad to the NCAA Division II World Series in Montgomery, Ala., and on June 3, 2000, Southeastern earned its first National Championship.
While a member of the NAIA, his teams made seven trips to the NAIA World Series and earned three runner-up finishes. His teams claimed 15 conference championships and he has earned conference coach of the year honors nine times and regional coach of the year seven times.
He coached 54 players who have signed professional contracts and has 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 American Baseball Coaches Convention in Atlanta, Ga.
He was inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.