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Head Baseball Coach, University of Miami

Jim Morris

Jim Morris
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Biography:

National Coach of the Year Honors:

  • 2001 & 1999 Collegiate Baseball
  • 2001 & 1999 American Baseball Coaches' Association
  • 1994 Baseball America

Conference Coach of the Year Honors:

  • 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference

It doesn't matter if his roster is full of rookies or veterans, University of Miami Head Coach Jim Morris continues to produce some of college baseball's most consistent and dominant teams heading into his 17th season in Coral Gables. With a talented staff around him, Morris' Hurricanes are continually the class of collegiate baseball, winning national titles in 1999 and 2001.

In his 15-season tenure at Miami, no other program, nor head coach, has qualified for the College World Series as much as Morris and his Hurricanes. Miami, which has qualified for the NCAA Tournament a NCAA-record 36 consecutive years, has made it to Omaha in 11 of Morris' 15 seasons in Coral Gables.

Morris has directed the Hurricanes to a 695-256-3 (.730) mark since arriving in 1994. Including his 12 seasons at Georgia Tech (1982-93), Morris has forged a 1,199-500-4 (.705) Division I record in 27 years as a head coach. Overall, Morris has been the head coach at the collegiate level for 31 seasons, spending the first four at DeKalb (Ga.) C.C. from 1976-79, and has recorded a 1,330-541-4 (.710) mark.

Over 150 professional baseball players have played under Morris during their college careers at Miami, Georgia Tech and DeKalb.

Among the players Morris coached at Miami that went on to play in the Major Leagues were Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Pat Burrell (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Alex Cora (New York Mets), Bobby Hill (San Diego Padres), Aubrey Huff (Baltimore Orioles), Chris Perez and Brian Barton (St. Louis Cardinals), Gaby Sanchez (Florida Marlins), Charlton Jimerson (Seattle Mariners), Jay Tessmer (New York Yankees), and Danny Graves and Jason Michaels (Cleveland Indians). Several more Hurricanes during the Morris tenure are right on the cusp of making the show, including Mike Rodriguez (Houston), Cesar Carrillo (San Diego) and David Gil (Cincinnati).

Standout players under Morris from his days at Georgia Tech were Nomar Garciaparra (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jay Payton (Oakland A's) and Jason Varitek (Boston Red Sox).

Morris has also enjoyed success on the International scene. From 1989-90, Morris served as head coach of the USA Baseball team that won a Silver Medal in the 1989 Presidential Cup (Taiwan), Bronze Medal at the Goodwill Games and the 1990 International Baseball Association (IBA) World All-Star Game in Atlanta. At the Goodwill Games, his USA squad won two of three games against Cuba, marking the first time in history a senior-level team won a series with Cuba. In 1987, Morris served as pitching coach under Ron Fraser at the Pan American Games (Silver Medal).*