Jim Morris (baseball coach)

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Jim Morris
Jim Morris (baseball coach) 2014.jpg
Morris in 2014
Sport(s) Baseball
Biographical details
Born (1950-02-20) February 20, 1950 (age 68)
Lexington, North Carolina
Alma mater Elon College (1973)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975 Appalachian State (assistant)
1976–1979 DeKalb CC
1980–1981 Florida State (assistant)
1982–1993 Georgia Tech
1994–2018 Miami (FL)
Head coaching record
Overall 1,590–715–4
Accomplishments and honors
2 College World Series (1999, 2001)
4x ACC Coach of the Year (1983, 1987, 1993, 2008)

Jim Morris (born February 20, 1950) is the former head baseball coach at the University of Miami and previously held the same position at Georgia Tech. His teams qualified for NCAA Regionals for 32 consecutive 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1982–1993)
1982 Georgia Tech 29–20 6–8 5th
1983 Georgia Tech 38–15 6–8 5th
1984 Georgia Tech 36–19 5–7 5th
1985 Georgia Tech 42–19–1 6–7–1 5th NCAA Regional
1986 Georgia Tech 45–23 10–4 2nd NCAA Regional
1987 Georgia Tech 51–14 17–4 1st NCAA Regional
1988 Georgia Tech 45–24 12–8 3rd NCAA Regional
1989 Georgia Tech 38–26 13–6 3rd NCAA Regional
1990 Georgia Tech 46–25 9–9 5th NCAA Regional
1991 Georgia Tech 42–26 12–8 2nd NCAA Regional
1992 Georgia Tech 45–19 14–9 4th NCAA Regional
1993 Georgia Tech 47–14 19–6 1st NCAA Regional
Georgia Tech: 504–244–1 126–84–1
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA Division I independent) (1994–2004)
1994 Miami 49–14 College World Series
1995 Miami 48–17 College World Series
1996 Miami 50–14 College World Series
1997 Miami 51–18 College World Series
1998 Miami 51–12 College World Series
1999 Miami 50–13 College World Series Champions
2000 Miami 41–19–1 NCAA Super Regional
2001 Miami 53–12 College World Series Champions
2002 Miami 34–29 NCAA Super Regional
2003 Miami 45–17–1 College World Series
2004 Miami 50–13 College World Series
Miami Hurricanes (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2005–present)
2005 Miami 41–19–1 19–10–1 3rd NCAA Super Regional
2006 Miami 42–24 17–13 4th (Coastal) College World Series
2007 Miami 37–24 17–13 3rd (Coastal) NCAA Regional
2008 Miami 53–11 23–5 1st (Coastal) College World Series
2009 Miami 38–22 18–12 3rd (Coastal) NCAA Regional
2010 Miami 43–20 20–10 3rd (Coastal) NCAA Super Regional
2011 Miami 38–23 19–10 4th (Coastal) NCAA Regional
2012 Miami 36–23 16–14 3rd (Coastal) NCAA Regional
2013 Miami 37–25 14–16 5th (Coastal) NCAA Regional
2014 Miami 44–19 24–6 1st (Coastal) NCAA Regional
2015 Miami 50–17 22–8 1st (Coastal) College World Series
2016 Miami 50–14 21–7 1st (Coastal) College World Series
2017 Miami 31–27 16–13 3rd (Coastal)
2018 Miami 28–26 16–13 3rd (Coastal)
Miami: 1,090–472–3 263–151–1
Total: 1,594–716–4

      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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "hurricanesports.com: Miami (FL) Hurricanes Baseball". Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  2. ^ Degnan, Susan Miller "Grand slam fuels Miami Hurricanes to College World Series berth" "Miami Herald", June 12, 2016
  3. ^ Navarro, Manny "UM baseball coach Jim Morris gets three-year contract extension; Gino DiMare to take over after Morris retires" "Miami Herald", June 24, 2014