Baseball Meet the Coach
ABAC Welcomes New Head Coach Robert Morgan
Morgan Comes to ABAC as an Assistant in 2012 at his alma mater Valdosta State University where he worked with infielders and hitters under Head Coach Greg Guilliams. The Blazers won the 2012 Gulf South Conference Championship. Previous to his stint at VSU, Morgan served as an Assistant at GCAA Conference foe Georgia Perimeter. He worked with the infielders and hitters at GPC in 2011 where the Jaguars won 43 games which was the second most in school history. He also served as the Jaguars recruiting coordinator.
From 2009-2011 Morgan served as the recruiting coordinator, infield, and hitting coach for Division II and Peach Belt Conference member Georgia Southwestern State University. He was integral in helping the Hurricanes transition from NAIA to NCAA in 2009. In 2009, the Canes first year in NCAA play they had a record of 19-33. In 2010, Morgan’s first recruiting class finished with a record of 29-19 and a runner up finish in the Peach Belt Conference tournament. The 2010 team was also the first nationally ranked team at GSW in any sport in the history of the athletics program in the NCAA ranks. The 2011 Team followed up with a solid 27-21 mark for the season.
Prior to his time at GSW, Morgan was a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator for Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Barry is a Division II school in the Sunshine State Conference. In 2008, as the hitting coach for the Buccaneers, Morgan helped lead the offense to a .338 batting average which was good for the highest single season mark in school history. In 2007, Morgan served as the pitching coach for the Buccaneers which saw four of his pitchers drafted or sign professional contracts. The 2007 pitching staff at Barry also finished the season 3rd in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings. In 2006, Coach Morgan served as a student assistant at Valdosta State University.
As a player, Coach Morgan was one of the top short stops in the nation at Valdosta State University. In 2005 he was named as an ABCA preseason First Team All-American. Despite a season ending injury in 2005, Morgan finished with a .383 batting average and was named as the first team all-conference short stop as well as team MVP. Along with being named All-Conference, Morgan was awarded with the prestigious VSU Cup of Excellence award as well as being named by legendary coach Tommy Thomas as the best short stop in the history of the Valdosta State University baseball program.
In 2004, Morgan finished the year as the Gulf South Conference East Division Player of the Year after setting numerous school records including a .436 batting average, 172 total bases, 49 extra base hits, a 31 game hitting streak, and 32 doubles (also a GSC and NCAA record). He also added 109 hits, 9 home runs, 5 triples, 67 runs, and 59 RBI’s in 59 games. He was named as the first team all Gulf South Conference and ABCA First Team All American short stop. He finished his VSU career with a .416 batting average and was named to the GSC’s all decade team for players from 2000-2010.
Prior to attending VSU, Morgan was an all-conference and all region short stop for another of ABAC’s rivals, South Georgia College. He was named as the 2002 and 2003 SGC team MVP while leading the team in batting average both years.
After his career at VSU, Morgan played one season professionally with the Washington Wildthings of the Frontier League. In 2005 Washington won a league record 65 games while Morgan saw time at short stop, second base, and third base.
In 2013, Coach Morgan was voted into the Valdosta State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
The 2001 graduate of Crisp County High School in Cordele, GA received his undergraduate degree in General Studies in 2005 from Valdosta State University and in 2007 received his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Barry University.