Morris to lead Eastern

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ST. DAVIDS, Pa.- Eastern University Director of Athletics Brad Fields has announced that Jed Morris will join Eastern Athletics as the next Head Coach of Eastern University Baseball. Morris brings a wealth of life and baseball experience to a program that has experienced tremendous growth over the past three years. Morris replaced Matt Midkiff who guide the Eagles to a 8-13 record in 2012.

“I am excited to welcome Jed Morris as our new head baseball coach at Eastern University," Fields remarked. "We went through an extensive, national search in selecting the next leader of our baseball program, and through this intensive process yielded an outstanding mentor.  Jed has tremendous playing credentials and has been a student – and teacher – of the game for many years.  Add to that Jed’s passion for running a Christ-centered program of excellence, and he was clearly the fit for us."

Morris was named Big-12 Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-American as a senior catcher at Nebraska in 2002. he helped lead the Huskers to two straight appearances in the College World Series. Morris holds the Nebraska record with 201 total bases, 23 homers, and 90 RBIs in the 2002 season. He hit a team-high .382 to help Nebraska return to the College World Series.

From that magical season, the Houston native was drafted by the Oakland Athletics organization in a draft that was made famous by Michael Lewis in the book Moneyball.

Morris climbed in the A's organization and hit .306 at Double A Midland in 2006 before his life took an unexpected turn. Morris was diagnosed with Leukemia. After undergoing treatment and starting back over in the A's system, Morris returned to Midland in 2008 and hit .261 in his final season in the organization.

Morris continued to play professionally in Independent League Baseball for a couple seasons in Lancaster. While his career with Barnstormers was not marked by statistical brilliance, Morris made an enormous contribution to the organization in other ways. In 2010, he was named Community Man of the Year in the Organization and he started a Not-for-Profit called You And Me On A Comeback. The organization seeks to inspire young cancer patients to remain physically active and to improve diet and nutrition.

In addition to his playing career, Morris has worked as a clinic and individual skills instructor and in 2012 took a high school position at Haverford High School.

Morris has a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Education and is an active member of Storehouse Church.

"Once again," Fields concluded. "I thank Matt Midkiff and his staff for their efforts moving Eastern Baseball forward over the past four years. I am looking forward to watching Eastern Baseball blossom under Jed’s leadership in this coming season, and for many years into the future."