CEDAR RAPIDS — According to Diane Meyer, Coe softball coach Bob Timmons had no interest in a farewell tour.
“He’s not a guy for much fanfare,” Meyer said. “That’s just Bob.”
And so it went Wednesday, after Coe released a statement announcing Timmons’ retirement.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I felt it was the right time,” Timmons said in the statement. “I look forward to spending a lot of time with my friends and family and doing a little bit more hunting, fishing, golfing and anything else that just sounds like fun.”
Timmons, 68, steps aside with a record of 927-366. The win total is second most in NCAA Division III history.
“We appreciate the 17 years that Coach Timmons invested into Coe College and the Kohawk softball program,” said Coe Athletics Director John Chandler.
“Bob took the program to new heights. Thanks to him, the Kohawk softball program is respected across the country.
Meyer, 52, has spent the last 12 years as an assistant. She is a 1985 Coe graduate.
“I guess I decided to take a leap of faith,” she said. “I hope to be half as successful as a coach as Bob was.
“I don’t see it as a huge change. I’ll just be in the third-base box.”
Meyer said that Timmons will stay on — as a volunteer groundskeeper.
“That’s his baby,” she said. “He loves an immaculate field, and it’s one job off my to-do list.”
Under Timmons, Coe advanced to the NCAA D-III tournament 11 times in his 17 seasons, including trips to the national tournament in 2006 and 2009. The 2009 team was a national runner-up.
A four-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year, Timmons led the Kohawks to four Iowa Conference titles. During this time, Coe had nine Iowa Conference MVPs and nine NFCA All-Americans.