Longtime college baseball coach Jim Morris retires after 45 seasons

University of Miami head  baseball coach Jim Morris coached his final regular season home game against Boston College. The game was cancelled after three innings due to rain but he got to catch his six-year-old son throw out the first pitch.

“He threw a pretty good strike,” Morris said. “If you guys are wondering what I’m doing [after retiring], I’m thinking maybe I’m going to be his agent.

The Hurricanes’ season ended in the ACC Tournament with a loss against the Clemson Tigers. After UM was left off the NCAA Tournament field, Morris penned one final statement on twitter.

“My journey as head coach for 45 years has come to an end. I’ve led boys to men. Most were immediately gracious for the leadership. Others, not so much till they became men. Many titles in my journey: Coach, 3, Skipper, Father figure, Mentor, Best friend, Husband, and a few I can’t repeat. The most important is Daddy. James “Will” Morris IV is a gift at 62. My only child. I’ve now been given another opportunity – to enjoy life through his eyes. There are no regrets in my journey at GT/UM. Remember players, little leaguers are watching and one day wish they can be you. Wear your uniform with pride as I did. See you at the park. 3”

Morris ranks fifth in Division-I college baseball history in wins  with 1,593, and has made 13 College World Series appearances while winning two national championships in 1999-2000. His last trip to the CWS was in 2016.

Former players went onto Twitter to congratulate Morris on a great career and thanked him for his leadership, most notably being Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia, who tweeted: “Congrats to @Coach3morris on an amazing career as a college coach! Particularly @CanesBaseball. Thank you for preparing me for the next level after my playing days were done at UM. You pushed us to strive for greatness and instilled tireless work ethic in all of us!”

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