Eddy Morgan finished up year four with the Concordia University Wisconsin Baseball program in 2017. The Falcons manager continues to take the program to new heights.
Morgan guided the Falcons to a program-best 28 wins in 2017, the second time in four years his team has set a new wins mark. In addition, the Falcons reached the regional rankings, being ranked as high as the No. 5 team in the Midwest Region. CUW also made its third appearance in four years in the NACC Championship game. The Falcons also posted back-to-back wins over then No. 3 UW-Whitewater and Concordia Chicago, the eventual NACC Champs and a 2017 DIII College World Series participant.
In 2017, Morgan recorded his 200th career NCAA victory when the Falcons defeated MSOE on May 2. He ended the year with 204 career wins and now has 99 with the Falcons in four seasons.
The 2017 season saw a couple other firsts for the Falcons. Morgan coached Bryan Thomas to the program's first All-American nod as the senior outfielder was named Second Team All-American by the ABCA. Thomas was joined by teammate Matt Schubert on the All-Region teams, marking the first time CUW had two players selected as All-Region selections. Thomas was First Team All-Region by the ABCA and both were Second Team All-Region according to D3Baseball.com. Schubert was also a Third Team ABCA pick.
Morgan led CUW to a then program-best 25 wins in 2015, which included a second straight appearance in the NACC Tournament Championship game. The season included wins over St. John's and Concordia Chicago, programs who reached the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In 2016, the Falcons won 23 games and posted a 13-7 record in the NACC, tying for second place, the highest finish since joining the league in 2007. CUW also had three players earn First Team All-Conference honors, including sophomore catcher Kyle Hilliard, who was chosen to the ABCA Midwest Region Second Team.
Morgan also showcased his ability to guide outstanding performances, as the Falcons had a pair of freshmen in 2015 post impressive seasons. Carter Buuck was an ABCA Third Team All-Midwest Region selection, as well as being the NACC Freshman of the Year. It was the second straight year Morgan has guided a NACC Freshman of the Year, with Andrew Heideman earning the honor in 2014.
Morgan also helped produce one of the better young hitters in the conference in 2015 in freshmen outfielder Nathan Thyssen. Thyssen led the nation in triples with 11. As a team, the Falcons finished third in the NACC in runs scored with 296. Morgan preaches quality at-bats to his team and the Falcons delivered by ranking eighth nationally in 2015 with 203 walks. That number also led the NACC.
Morgan is familiar with Kapco Park, the home of CUW Baseball, having spent the past three seasons with the Lakeshore Chinooks, a member of the Northwoods League. After being the lead assistant in 2012, Morgan was named the head coach in 2013 and will be serving as head coach for the fifth straight season in 2017. With the Chinooks, Morgan coaches student-athletes from high-level Division I programs, as well as top professional prospects across the country. Morgan has coached players from LSU, UCLA, Florida, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas, among other elite Division I programs.
Morgan has had great success at the helm of the Chinooks. He was named 2014 Northwoods League Manager of the Year after Lakeshore captured the 2014 Northwoods League Championship under his guidance. The 2014 team won 50 games, becoming just the third team to do so in Northwoods League history. Lakeshore won both halves of the season, proving to be the best team in the Northwoods League from start to finish.
The Falcons 2014 season under Morgan was a successful one as they posted a 23-19 record and finished second in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament. CUW, which was predicted to finish eighth in the preseason poll, hit its stride midway through the season, winning 12 straight games from April 13-27.
The 23 wins were the most for CUW since the 1991 season (24). The Falcons also earned their first-ever NACC Tournament wins since the league began prior to the 2007 campaign. CUW won three games at the NACC Tournament before being eliminated by nationally ranked Concordia University Chicago.
In year one under Morgan, four Falcons earned NACC All-Freshman Team honors, including Freshman of the Year, right-handed pitcher Andrew Heideman. Morgan also coached two players, including Heideman, to Second Team All-NACC recognition.
Morgan came to CUW after spending seven seasons at UW-Superior. While at UW-Superior, he inherited a team that finished 3-35 prior to his arrival in the 2007 season. He quickly turned the Yellowjackets into a program that has become respected across the Midwest, including leading them to 10 conference wins in 2010, the most UW-Superior had in nearly 40 years.
During his seven seasons with the Yellowjackets Morgan won 105 games, the most in program history. UW-Superior gained 18 wins in the 2010 season, the most during his tenure. Morgan also ranks in the top 25 of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in wins.
"I am very humble to have the opportunity to coach at a facility like Kapco Park," Morgan said. "Kapco Park is, in my opinion, the best facility in Division III baseball and will aid in recruiting the quality student-athletes we are looking to bring in."
Prior to his time at UW-Superior, Morgan served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at The College of St. Scholastica. The Saints were one of the premier teams in the country during Morgan's nine years, finding themselves a regular in the national rankings.
In spending time at UW-Superior and St. Scholastica, Morgan has seen some of the top programs in the country, coming from the always competitive WIAC and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Morgan regularly took on national powerhouses in the University of St. Thomas, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater.
He graduated from St. Scholastica in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in behavioral arts and sciences. He also received his Master's Degree in management from CSS in 2012.
Morgan and his wife, Jessica, reside in Saukville with their two children, Isaac and Piper.
|2014||23-19 (.548)||12-8 (.600)||3rd (NACC)|
|2015||25-19 (.568)||11-9 (.550)||4th (NACC)|
|2016||23-19 (.548)||13-7 (.650)||T-2nd (NACC)|
|2017||28-13 (.683)||15-5 (.750)||2nd (NACC)|
|Career at CUW||99-70 (.563)||51-29 (.638)|
|Career as Head Coach||204-239 (.460)|