COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Baseball added Austin Morgan to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Rob Childress announced on Monday.
“We’re excited about the addition of Austin to our coaching staff,” Childress said. “He had a great playing career at Blinn College and College of Charleston. He learned a lot from Monte Lee at Charleston for two years as a player and one year as a student assistant and he’s done a great job the last two years at East Carolina, working with their catchers. As well as on-field instruction, I think he’ll do an outstanding job helping us with our on-campus recruiting. We’re very fortunate to add someone with his experience to the staff.”
Morgan, who spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant at East Carolina, replaces Austin Knight who accepted a coaching job at Northeast Texas Community College.
“I feel blessed to be asked to be a part of this coaching staff and the A&M family,” Morgan said. “This is a very exciting time. I’ve been very familiar with the A&M program for a long time and it’s something I’m proud to be a part of. Fall workouts can’t start soon enough. We’re ready to get things going.”
During his two seasons at ECU, Morgan worked directly with the catchers and assisting Ben Sanderson as a hitting instructor. Last season, he mentored Pirates’ catcher Travis Watkins to Conference USA All-Freshman recognition.
Morgan, a Houston native, 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 the College of Charleston for one season. The Cougars received an at-large bid and No. 2 seed in 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).
A two-year letterman 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 Charleston to a 35-22 record making 56 starts behind the plate. Morgan batted .292 with five homers and 45 RBI during the year.
Morgan helped the Cougars to a 39-20 ledger batting .301 with 43 runs, 14 doubles, three home runs and 37 RBI in 2008, his junior year.
A two-year standout under Coach Brian Roper at Blinn College, Morgan earned ABCA Gold Glove honors in 2007. He helped Blinn to a 36-21 mark as a freshman and 37-19 record as a sophomore.
Morgan was a standout at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, earning all-district honors and team MVP recognition as a senior. He earned all-state honors as the Cougars’ quarterback in 2005.
Morgan earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of Charleston in 2010.