|11 Austin Morgan|
Austin Morgan just wrapped up his second year as the volunteer assistant coach at East Carolina, a position he accepted on Oct. 17, 2012.
During his first two seasons with the Pirates, Morgan has worked directly with the catchers and assisting Ben Sanderson as a hitting instructor. He has mentored a trio of young catchers in Luke Lowery, Eric Tyler and Travis Watkins.
A year ago, Watkins earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after making 34 starts behind the dish where he batted .267 with four doubles and 16 RBI. The Concord, N.C. native was became the fifth catcher in program history to be named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, which is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher. In 2014, Watkins started 8 of 9 games batting .360 with five RBI before undergoing season-ending surgery.
During his two years with the Pirate program, Lowery has started 48 of 80 games behind the plate batting .294 with eight home runs and 33 RBI. He has posted 20 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games, while collecting four game-winning hits including a walk-off bunt single in the home series finale against UTSA in 2014.
In his first rookie year with the Pirate, Tyler started 26 of 37 games batting .183 with double, six RBI and eight runs. At No. 12 Rice, he drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the ninth frame lifting ECU to its first-ever series win over the nationally-ranked Owls.
Morgan, a native of Houston, Texas, joined the Pirates' staff after spending two years as the head coach of the Diamond Devils Baseball Summer Program, located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Prior to working with the Diamond Devils, Morgan was a student assistant coach at CofC for one season where he worked alongside current ECU Associate Head Coach Dan Roszel. The Cougars received an at-large bid and No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament advancing to the 2010 Myrtle Beach Regional Championship Game before falling to No. 4 national seed Coastal Carolina, 11-10. The Cougars ended the season ranked 27th in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.
As a member of Monte Lee's staff, he worked with the Cougars' catchers and assisted with hitting instruction. His 2010 squad led the Southern Conference in 10 offensive categories and ranked among the national leaders in home runs (5th/105), scoring (7th/9.1), runs (8th/576), doubles (9th/160), walks (14th/298), slugging percentage (15th/.539) and hits (21st/732).
Morgan mentored five all-conference performers including 2010 SoCon Player-of-the-Year and ABCA Third-Team All-American Matt Leeds, who led the conference in home runs (21) and RBI (88). Outfielders Cole Rakar and Jose Rodriguez along with catcher Rob Kral joined Leeds as first-team selections. Rakar produced a solid season leading the Cougars and ranking among the national leaders in runs (13th/76), hits (14th/102) and doubles (15th/26).
A two-year letterwinner at College of Charleston, Morgan helped the Cougars to 74 wins and a pair of Southern Conference Tournament appearances from 2008-09. He appeared in 114 games (112 starts) over two seasons batting .297 (110-for-372) with eight home runs, 32 doubles and 82 RBI. As a senior, he helped CofC to a 35-22 record making 56 starts behind the plate. Morgan batted .292 with five homers and 45 RBI during the year and posted a. 327 average with four round trippers and 30 RBI in league play.
A 2007 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at Blinn College, Morgan helped the Cougars to a 39-20 ledger batting .301 with three home runs and 37 RBI during his junior year. He scored 43 runs, laced 14 doubles and legged out his lone triple against Indiana State.
Morgan earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from CofC in 2010.