Assistant coach Chris Morris begins his eighth season with College of Charleston as the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff.
A native of Georgetown, S.C., Morris works with Charleston's hitters and base runners and sports a remarkable resume of success since he began in the 2007 season. The Cougars led the nation in scoring in 2008 and have ranked in the top five in the country in home runs every season from 2007-12. Charleston’s hitters have earned a national reputation for power and production that has seen top 10 finishes in the NCAA ranks nearly every season under Morris.
Morris has coached four Southern Conference Players of the Year (Jeremie Tice '08, Joey Bergman '09, Matt Leeds '10 and Marty Gantt ‘12) and 16 All-SoCon First Team selections. At CofC, Morris has coached nine different All-Americans, including 2011 Collegiate Baseball Freshman of the Year Daniel Aldrich. 14 position players have been drafted or signed since 2007.
Over the last decade, Morris’ influence and tutelage have led College of Charleston to national recognition with a winning percentage that ranks 15th in all of NCAA Division I baseball over that span. The Cougars have won two league championships and made two NCAA appearances during Morris’ time with CofC.
Since the inception of the BBCOR bats in 2011, the Cougars rank second in the nation in total home runs (186) and 11th in team slugging percentage (.442).
Morris, who earned a degree in exercise science from the College of Charleston in 2005, played a total of six seasons of professional baseball in the St. Louis, Milwaukee and Los Angeles Angels organizations. He played collegiately at The Citadel (1998-00) where he earned first team All-America honors by USA Today and Baseball Weekly in 2000, after leading the nation with a Southern Conference-record 84 stolen bases.
He was named the Peoria Chiefs team MVP in 2001 after stealing a Midwest League record 111 bases, was drafted in the 15th round by the Cardinals in 2000. He is just one of 15 players in pro baseball history to steal at least 100 bases in a season.
Morris graduated in 1997 from Andrews (S.C.) High School where he was a two-time all-state honoree.