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Jim Morris (baseball coach)

Updated: 2017-05-29T17:22Z
Jim Morris
Jim Morris (baseball coach) 2014.jpg
Morris in 2014
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMiami (FL)
Biographical details
Born(1950-02-20) February 20, 1950 (age 67)
Lexington, North Carolina
Alma materElon College '73
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975Appalachian State (AC)
1976–1979DeKalb CC
1980–1981Florida State (AC)
1982–1993Georgia Tech
1994–presentMiami (FL)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1999 College World Series
2001 College World Series
1983 ACC Coach of the Year
1987 ACC Coach of the Year
1993 ACC Coach of the Year
2008 ACC Coach of the Year

Jim Morris (born February 20, 1950) is the head baseball coach at the University of Miami and previously held the same position at Georgia Tech. His teams have qualified for NCAA Regionals for the last 32 years, 23 at Miami and nine at Georgia Tech.[1] Morris won national championships in 1999 and 2001, and earned National Coach of the Year honors in both seasons.

Early career

Morris began his coaching career as an assistant at Appalachian State in 1975. In 1976, he then accepted the challenge of building, from scratch, a baseball program at Atlanta's DeKalb Community College.

At DeKalb, Morris started with no players and no field, but he quickly made a name for himself. His Eagles were nationally ranked three times in four years and advanced to the 1977 Junior College World Series. DeKalb finished second in just his second season. Morris added two more winning years at DeKalb before moving on to become an assistant coach at Florida State.

Georgia Tech

After a two–year stint with the Seminoles, Morris would accept the head coaching job at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were on the backside of four straight losing seasons and were 4–23 in their first two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference. At Georgia Tech, Morris was the all-time leader in coaching victories, in any of the school's varsity sports, as he had 12 straight winning seasons, nine straight NCAA regional berths, four straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles (1985–88) and a school–record 51 wins in 1987.


In his tenure at the University of Miami, no other program has qualified for the College World Series as often as Morris and his Hurricanes. Miami, which has qualified for the NCAA Tournament a record 44 consecutive years, made it to Omaha in 11 of Morris' first 15 seasons in Coral Gables. Morris set an NCAA record for guiding a program to the College World Series in each of his first six years at Miami. Morris returned Miami to Omaha in 2015 and 2016 after a seven year absence.[2] It was announced in June 2014 that Morris would retire following the 2018 season with longtime assistant Gino DiMare as his successor. [3]

Head coaching record

Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1982–1993)
1982Georgia Tech29–206–85th
1983Georgia Tech38–156–85th
1984Georgia Tech36–195–75th
1985Georgia Tech42–19–16–7–15thNCAA Regional
1986Georgia Tech45–2310–42ndNCAA Regional
1987Georgia Tech51–1417–41stNCAA Regional
1988Georgia Tech45–2412–83rdNCAA Regional
1989Georgia Tech38–2613–63rdNCAA Regional
1990Georgia Tech46–259–95thNCAA Regional
1991Georgia Tech42–2612–82ndNCAA Regional
1992Georgia Tech45–1914–94thNCAA Regional
1993Georgia Tech47–1419–61stNCAA Regional
Georgia Tech:504–244–1126–84–1
Miami (Independent) (1994–2004)
1994Miami49–14College World Series
1995Miami48–17College World Series
1996Miami50–14College World Series
1997Miami51–18College World Series
1998Miami51–12College World Series
1999Miami50–13College World Series Champions
2000Miami41–19–1NCAA Super Regional
2001Miami53–12College World Series Champions
2002Miami34–29NCAA Super Regional
2003Miami45–17–1College World Series
2004Miami50–13College World Series
Miami (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2005–Present)
2005Miami41–19–119–10–13rdNCAA Super Regional
2006Miami42–2417–134th (Coastal)College World Series
2007Miami37–2417–133rd (Coastal)NCAA Regional
2008Miami53–1123–51st (Coastal)College World Series
2009Miami38–2218–123rd (Coastal)NCAA Regional
2010Miami43–2020–103rd (Coastal)NCAA Super Regional
2011Miami38–2319–104th (Coastal)NCAA Regional
2012Miami36–2316–143rd (Coastal)NCAA Regional
2013Miami37–2514–165th (Coastal)NCAA Regional
2014Miami44–1924–61st (Coastal)NCAA Regional
2015Miami50–1722–81st (Coastal)College World Series
2016Miami50–1421–71st (Coastal)College World Series
2017Miami31–2716–133rd (Coastal)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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