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August 3, 2013

Morgan excited about ABAC opportunity

TIFTON — Robert Morgan has connections in baseball all over the state of Georgia. He hopes those connections will prove beneficial in his new job as the head baseball coach of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Stallions.

Having been an assistant coach at his alma mater, Valdosta State University, as well as at Georgia Southwestern State University and Georgia Perimeter College, Morgan has built an extensive network of contacts with high school coaches and players from around the state. Add to that his experiences as head coach with the Chain Baseball Academy and the Southeast Baseball Academy, and you find Morgan is well known in summer ball circuits all around the state of Georgia.

Hoping he could get a head coaching job this coming school year, Morgan said he has already begun unofficial recruiting those summer ball games involving academy teams.

“I know a ton of coaches and players all over the state,” said Morgan. Those connections will be used in his recruiting, he emphasized.

Having gone to school in Cordele, and having played his college ball at South Georgia College and Valdosta State, on top of his work this summer with the Warner Robins Baseball Academy, Morgan also knows the talent in South Georgia.

“I know quite a few of the rising juniors and seniors in the programs in this area. If there is a local kid out there, I hope to lure him to ABAC,” said Morgan. “I will definitely take a chance on a local kid, if he will help our program.”

The players in the ABAC program will be coached one of the finest players to come out of the Valdosta State program.

In his two years at VSU, Morgan was able to leave such an impression that he was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame this year.

In 2004, Morgan earned All-American honors after setting school records with a .436 batting average, 32 doubles, 172 total bases, 49 extra base hits and a 31-game hitting streak. The 32 doubles also set an NCAA Division II record.

He was named to VSU’s All-Decade team (2000-10), and was voted the best shortstop ever to play at the school.

Before going to VSU, Morgan was named All-Region both years.

“I am excited Robert will be the new head baseball coach of the ABAC Stallions,” said Alan Kramer, the school’s athletic director. “We have had an intensive search this summer with a very talented applicant pool. Coach Morgan will bring a dedication and work ethic to the college that exemplifies the branding of the ABAC student-athlete off and on the diamond.”

Morgan is appreciative of the early support he has received from Kramer, as well as other ABAC faculty and staff.

“It is gratifying in me that Mr. Kramer has the confidence in me as a first-time head coach,” said Morgan. “I am very excited and very appreciative of this opportunity.”

Morgan feels ABAC should become competitive in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association standings.

“I would definitely consider ABAC an up-and-comer. This school has all of the potential in the world to be competitive every year and compete for championships,” said Morgan.

As an example, Morgan brought out Middle Georgia College’s recent run to the Junior College World Series.

“No one thought they could go that far, but they got on a run and had a tremendous year,” said Morgan.

He went on to add, “You got to have the trust of the players, and teach them the culture of hard work. (That’s the) process you have to go through to get results.”

Besides baseball coach, Morgan will also be an academic counselor at the school. In that role, Morgan will help assist and guide students through all of the phases of the academic process from acceptance through graduation at ABAC.

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