Paul Morgan, an Essex Junction native and former standout shortstop at Williams College, enters his fourth season as head coach of the Saint Michael's College baseball program in 2013.
Morgan was named the 19th head coach in the program's 98-year history on August 11, 2008 and returns in 2013 after taking a leave of absence in 2012. He led the Purple Knights to a 15-19 season in his first year in 2009, the most wins by a first-year head coach in program history, and just two wins shy of tying the program record.
Morgan, who completed a tenure as an assistant coach with the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in August 2008, spent the 2007-08 academic year as a mathematics teacher at The Salisbury (Conn.) School. While at Salisbury, Morgan served as the prep school's assistant baseball coach, helping the Crimson Knights compile a perfect 20-0 season in 2008. He also helped mentor Salisbury great Anthony Hewitt, a first-round draft choice by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Morgan had a stellar four-year career as the starting shortstop at Williams. As a senior captain, Morgan led the Ephs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) West and NESCAC Tournament titles, and to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in six seasons. He was twice a New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England and NESCAC All-Conference selection, and was named to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament All-Tournament Team as a senior. Over his career, Morgan batted .361 with 208 hits, 129 runs batted in, and 119 runs scored.
In the summer of 2012, Morgan completed his master's degree at Saint Michael's, where he majored in education with a concentration in school leadership.
For three summers as an undergraduate, Morgan played in the NECBL with the North Adams (Mass.) SteepleCats, and one summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. He also served as an assistant coach for the Essex American Legion baseball team in 2008, the Knights of Columbus-South Burlington squad in 2009, and the Colchester Cannons program in 2010.
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