UWS baseball coach resignsMorgan, who has been with the Yellowjackets for seven seasons, is leaving UWS to become the head baseball coach at Concordia University, a Division III institution located in Mequon, Wis. on Lake Michigan, just outside Milwaukee.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Athletic Department announced today that Eddy Morgan has tendered his resignation as head baseball coach of the Yellowjackets.
Morgan, who has been with the Yellowjackets for seven seasons, is leaving UWS to become the head baseball coach at Concordia University, a Division III institution located in Mequon, Wis., near Milwaukee.
“It is just an opportunity that is too good for me to pass up,” Morgan said. “The administration at Concordia has made a major commitment to its athletic programs, not just to baseball, and they want to take that next step and compete for national championships.
“They’re transitioning to full-time head coaches so I’ll be able to come to work every day and just worry about baseball. I will have a full-time assistant coach, I’m located in the middle of a fertile baseball recruiting area and I get to coach every day in the best stadium in Division III (Kapco Park). There is every opportunity to build a winning tradition here and I’m looking forward to the challenge at Concordia.”
Coincidentally, Morgan’s new home field, Kapco Park, is also the home of the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. Last year Morgan was a coach for the Chinooks’ inaugural season, and this year he is in his first year as the team’s manager.
Morgan will take over the Falcon baseball program from Dr. Val Keiper, who started the program in the 1980s and held the position for 30 seasons. Keiper will remain on as a member of Morgan’s coaching staff while continuing his teaching duties at Concordia.
“I’ve had the chance to talk to Val about things and we are on the same page. It could be a little strange at first, but in a short time we will get comfortable working together,” Morgan said.
Morgan just completed his seventh season at UWS where he compiled an overall record of 105-169 and WIAC record of 47-121. Morgan won his 100th game as head coach at UWS on April 17 and leaves as the program’s all-time wins leader.
“As an athletics director, you hate to see good coaches leave your program, but for Eddy, he came into a situation that he feels is better for his coaching career and his family and you can’t fault him for making the move,” UWS athletics director Steve Nelson said. “Eddy has done some tremendous things with our baseball program and I couldn’t be more proud of the job he has done here. I wish him all the best in his future at Concordia and beyond.”
Morgan reciprocated the words about Nelson.
“I’m eternally grateful to Steve Nelson for giving me the opportunity to become a head baseball coach. It isn’t easy to hire coaches at the college level, and taking a chance on someone with no head coaching experience makes it even more difficult,” Morgan said. “He gave me the opportunity and I wouldn’t be doing the things I’m doing now if it weren’t for him and the faith he showed in my coaching ability.
“I think I’m leaving the program in better shape than it was in when I arrived, which is something I wanted to do. We worked hard to bring quality young men into the program and the university, and we did that. The pieces are in place for UWS to continue to be competitive in the WIAC, but I think we’ve gone about as far as we can go under the current circumstances.”
Morgan’s resignation as head coach, as well as admissions counselor at UWS will be effective as of June 14. A search for Morgan’s replacement will begin immediately.