College of Charleston pitching coach Matt Heath was promoted to head baseball coach on June 22, 2015.
Having served two coaching stints with the program under former head coaches John Pawlowski (2006-08) and Monte Lee (2011-Present), Heath boasts an impressive track record of coaching – enhanced by his professional experience as a player and scout.
One of the rare coaches in the country who has coached both hitting and pitching and had success on both sides of the ball, Heath has learned from the best in the game having played for two college coaches that have won a total of seven national championship titles in legendary LSU head coach Skip Bertman (5) and former Florida head coach Andy Lopez (2).
Heath, 36, recently completed his fifth year as CofC's pitching coach developing a talented rotation that has compiled a cumulative ERA of 3.56 over the past five years. During the 2015 season, the Cougars achieved their second-highest national ranking (No. 13), won the regular-season CAA Championship title and made their third NCAA Regional appearance in the last four years.
In all, Heath has coached a National Freshman Pitcher of the Year, a consensus All-American, two Freshman All-Americans, a SoCon Pitcher of the Year, a CAA Pitcher of the Year and 13 all-conference pitchers. In addition, the CofC pitching staff led the Southern Conference in ERA in 2012 and 2013, and then set a new school record with an ERA of 2.73 in 2014, which ranked No. 18 in the nation. This past season, CofC led the CAA in ERA, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, WHIP and walks allowed per nine innings.
Heath initially came to Charleston in 2006 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. In his first stint with the Cougars, he worked primarily with the hitters and CofC excelled under his guidance. The offense was ranked nationally in numerous categories and broke multiple school and conference records.
After two years in the Lowcountry, Heath accepted an assistant coaching position at Auburn. There, he worked with hitters, fielders and catchers leading the Tigers to national rankings in several categories and breaking numerous school records during the 2009 season.
Heath later scouted for the Houston Astros covering the North Florida area, before returning to the College of Charleston on Lee’s staff for the 2011 season.
A former prep star who was named North Florida Player of the Year out of Fernandina Beach High School in his hometown of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Heath went on to play at the University of Florida for two years. He later transferred to LSU, where he was a two-time All-SEC Tournament selection, making the team as a catcher in 2001 and playing in the outfield the next season. In 2002, he led LSU in home runs and runs scored, and was also selected to the All-Tournament Team at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
Heath graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2002 and later signed a pro contract and played for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for two seasons. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have one daughter, Everett “EB” (2), and one son, Hagan (10 months).
College of Charleston Head Coach Matt Heath hired former CofC standout Austin Morgan (Class of ’10) as his first coaching hire on July 10, 2015.
A former catcher and student assistant coach at CofC, Morgan will serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator, assist with hitting and infield, and serve as a bench coach.
Morgan spent the 2014-15 season serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M, where he helped the Aggies to the Fort Worth Super Regional and a program-best tying No. 1 national ranking. A&M compiled a 50-14 record and was ranked in the Top 10 in 12 NCAA statistical categories including nine on the offensive side and three on the mound.
Prior to A&M, Morgan spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at East Carolina. During his two seasons at ECU, he worked directly with the catchers and assisted Ben Sanderson as a hitting instructor. He also mentored Pirates’ catcher Travis Watkins to Conference USA All-Freshman Team recognition.
Morgan joined the Pirates’ staff after spending two years as the head coach of the Diamond Devils Baseball Summer Program located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
His coaching career began as a student assistant coach for one season under former CofC Head Coach Monte Lee in 2009-10. The Cougars received an at-large bid and No. 2 NCAA Tournament seed advancing to the 2010 Myrtle Beach Regional championship game, before falling to No. 4 national seed Coastal Carolina. CofC ended the season ranked No. 27 in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.
A two-year CofC letterman, Morgan helped the Cougars to 74 wins and a pair of SoCon Tournament appearances from 2008-09. He appeared in 114 games (112 starts) over two seasons batting .297 (110-for-372) with eight home runs, 32 doubles and 82 RBIs.
As a senior, he helped Charleston to a 35-22 record making 56 starts behind the plate. Morgan batted .292 with five homers and 45 RBIs during the year. He also helped the Cougars to a 39-20 ledger batting .301 with 43 runs, 14 doubles, three home runs and 37 RBIs in 2008, his junior year.
A former two-year standout under Head Coach Brian Roper at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, Morgan earned ABCA Gold Glove honors in 2007. He helped the Buccaneers to a 36-21 mark as a freshman and 37-19 record as a sophomore.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Morgan was a standout at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, where he earned all-district honors and team MVP recognition as a senior. He also garnered all-state honors as Cinco Ranch’s quarterback in 2005.>A 2010 graduate of The College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Morgan is married to the former Allisyn Miller, a Charleston native. They were wed in fall of 2014.
Jeff Whitfield is in his first year as assistant coach at College of Charleston.
Whitfield, who was previously the associate head coach at former Southern Conference rival Furman, will serve as the program’s hitting coach, assist in recruiting as well as being in charge of coaching the outfielders.
After eight seasons as a member of Furman’s coaching staff, Whitfield was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach. In addition to coaching the Paladins’ catchers and hitters, he also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
A three-year starter and all-region catcher at T.L. Hanna High School in his hometown of Anderson, S.C., Whitfield attended Lander University, where he started in 190 games for the Senators over four seasons and served as team captain in 2004. A four-time Peach Belt Conference Academic Team selection, he was hit-by-pitch a NCAA Division II record 45 times during his career.
Whitfield earned a bachelor’s degree from Lander in exercise studies and physical education. After graduation, he played two years of professional ball with the Yuma Scorpions, an independent team in the Golden Baseball League in Arizona and California.
He returned to the Upstate holding a number of teaching and coaching positions including instructor at the Ballpark of Anderson, assistant coach at Anderson University and assistant coach at Dorman High School. He has also coached the Upstate Mavericks 18U and 17U teams.
Whitfield is married to the former Kristen McLeod, who is from Walterboro, S.C. The couple are proud parents of two daughters: Kylie (3) and McKenna (2).