Gary McClure served the Austin Peay State University Governors baseball team as head coach for nearly three decades before being approached by Iowa. McClure originally went in for consideration of the team’s head coach position but withdrew his interest at the last minute. In this brief Q and A, Gary McClure answers the still-burning question of “why?”
Q: What bolstered your decision to discuss terms with Iowa?
Gary McClure: I grew up in Iowa and I still have family scattered throughout the state. It was a really intriguing idea, to go back to where I came from. It felt like I could go full circle in my life and career. They were also in a conference that is a more recognized on the national level. Iowa is a fantastic school and I still enjoy watching them play.
Q: So why the sudden change of heart?
Gary McClure: What I didn’t realize in the excitement was that Clarksville had become my home. I really enjoyed being in the south because the weather is so much better for baseball. Also, at the time, things were really going great at Austin Peay. Our program and the tradition had become so good and i felt as though there was more to be accomplished at Austin Peay. I would get approached by fans who said the Govs just wouldn’t be the same without me. The president had also come forward and was going to make my salary much attractive and put a lot more money into the program and our stadium. Honestly, I had decided that Clarksville was going to remain our home. 2013 wound up being my 25th season with Austin Peay. It was an exceptionally great year for the Governors, and for me. I’m so glad that I stayed so that we could celebrate together.
Q: Now that you’ve moved on, do you regret your decision?
Gary McClure: Absolutely not, I believe that in life we are always where we are supposed to be. I think that I needed that opportunity to make me realize how grateful I was to be in the position that I loved so much. After that many years, I did need a little break, but I look forward to what the future brings and will one day soon find my new “home.”