ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon head coach Ray Hedrick announced that current volunteer assistant coach M.L. Morgan has been promoted to a fulltime position with the Yellow Jackets baseball program.
Morgan will oversee the recruiting efforts for the Diamond Jackets, who have won 172 games over the past six seasons. Additionally, he will work with the outfielders and oversee an offense that returns six players from a lineup that was among the nation's elite. Morgan will also assist with day to day administrative duties for Coach Hedrick.
"M.L. is well respected in the industry, bringing a wealth of success and experience that we haven't been able to find in our previous hires," commented Hedrick. "We have a history of attracting eager young coaches who have come to Ashland enthusiastic about the opportunity to 'cut their teeth' and develop our players at a high level. M.L. has cut his teeth and succeeded at VCU and as a head coach in the Piedmont League; his pedigree speaks for itself. Our guys may not realize how lucky they really are."
This past season was Morgan's first at R-MC. He helped the Yellow Jackets produce their most successful season in program history. R-MC posted a record of 38-9-1, setting a program record for victories in a season. The Yellow Jackets went 17-3 in conference contests, capturing the ODAC regular-season crown. R-MC won the Holly Springs Regional, the first regional title in program history. The Yellow Jackets advanced to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in Appleton, Wis. R-MC finished tied for third in the nation in the championship and were ranked No. 3 in the final polls. The Yellow Jackets hit .323 during the season and averaged more than nine runs per game. R-MC stole 80 bases, with sophomore Ryan Duphorn setting a program record with 25 thefts.
"Continuity leads to success at our level," Hedrick said. "There is a definite correlation between keeping a staff together for an extended period of time and a program's ability to have success regionally and nationally. While losing Coach Rhodes may have an impact initially, having Coach Morgan return after a successful run with him on staff last year will more than lessen the blow for our student-athletes. He is over-qualified in experience and extremely eager to put his stamp on R-MC Baseball as each of our previous assistant coaches have over the years."
Prior to his arrival in Ashland, Morgan was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University for three seasons after serving as Director of Baseball Operations for one year. Morgan worked with the outfielders, coached the bunting game, served as first base coach and coordinated all Rams Baseball Camps. During Morgan's time at VCU, the Rams were nationally ranked in two separate seasons (2014 & 2015), won the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament, won the 2015 Dallas Baptist Regional and earned a berth in the Coral Gables Super Regional, and captured the Atlantic 10 regular season crown in 2017. VCU won at least 35 games in each of his seasons with the Rams. Morgan coached eight players who signed professional contracts, two Atlantic 10 Rookies of the Year and one Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
A native of Dinwiddie, Va., Morgan earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from VCU in 2010. As a member of the Rams' baseball team, Morgan was part of two conference championships and two NCAA regional appearances as an outfielder. Morgan received his Master of Education in Sports Leadership from VCU in 2014.
Morgan lives in Richmond with his wife, Sernarra Archie, who was a student-athlete in track and field at VCU.