Assistant coach Chris Morris begins his eighth season with College of Charleston as the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff.
A native of Georgetown, S.C., Morris works with Charleston's hitters and base runners and sports a remarkable resume of success since he began in the 2007 season. The Cougars led the nation in scoring in 2008 and have ranked in the top five in the country in home runs every season from 2007-12. Charleston's hitters have earned a national reputation for power and production that has seen top 10 finishes in the NCAA ranks nearly every season under Morris.
Morris has coached four Southern Conference Players of the Year (Jeremie Tice '08, Joey Bergman '09, Matt Leeds '10 and Marty Gantt '12) and 16 All-SoCon First Team selections. At CofC, Morris has coached nine different All-Americans, including 2011 Collegiate Baseball Freshman of the Year Daniel Aldrich. 14 position players have been drafted or signed since 2007.
In 2013, Monte Lee completed his fifth season as head coach at the College of Charleston. Lee, a former College of Charleston standout and South Carolina assistant coach, was named the Cougars' head coach on July 3, 2008.
In December of 2012, Lee was named one of Baseball America's Top 10 Head Coaches Under 40 in all of college baseball. He was also named to Perfect Game's Top 10 Rising Head Coaches list.
Lee joined the Cougars after spending the six seasons as an assistant at South Carolina under head coach Ray Tanner. He served as the Gamecocks' recruiting coordinator in his last season.
In his five seasons at CofC, Lee has posted a record of 187-111 with two trips to the NCAA Tournament and a Southern Conference regular season championship in 2012. He has coached three SoCon Players of the Year, one SoCon Pitcher of the Year and one SoCon Freshman of the Year. In his tenure, 19 different players have been drafted or signed free agent contracts. He has coached nine All-Americans, including National Freshman of the Year Daniel Aldrich, Academic All-America First Teamer Matt Leeds and the 2012 Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award winner Marty Gantt.
After working with the Cougars in 2012 as a graduate assistant, Sizemore continue on as a volunteer assistant coach on Coach Lee's staff, entering his second season in that capacity in 2013-14.
Sizemore played for the Cougars in 2008 and 2009 where he was a NCBWA First Team All-American, All-Southern Conference selection, and Second Team ACBA All-Region honoree. In 2009, Sizemore led the team with 74 RBI, while his 82 RBI in 2008 ranked seventh nationally.
Sizemore finished with a .321 batting average for his career, to go with 37 home runs and 156 RBI.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Sizemore was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 30th round of the 2009 MLB Entry Draft. He played for two years with the Arizona Brewers, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Helena Brewers.
Matt Heath begins his fourth year at the College of Charleston as CofC's pitching coach. This is his second stint with the program, boasting an impressive track record of coaching surrounding professional experience as a player and scout. He is one of the rare coaches that has coached both hitting and pitching and had success on both sides of the ball. Heath has experience playing for two college coaches that have won a total of 7 National Championships in LSU's Skip Bertman (5) and Florida's Andy Lopez (2).
Since Heath has taken over the Cougar pitching staff in the last three seasons of the BBCOR era, the Cougars have placed no lower than third in the SoCon each year in ERA. In fact, CofC led the league in ERA in back-to-back seasons with a 4.20 mark in 2013 and a 3.21 mark in 2012, which ranked 29th in the nation. During the past three seasons, CofC's pitchers boasted the league's top average marks in ERA (3.89), lowest batting average against (.258), lowest walks per nine innings (3.16), and highest number of strikeouts per nine innings (7.83).
The 2013 pitching staff saw continued success despite losing over half the staff from the 2012 season to the pro ranks. They led the SoCon for the second-straight year in ERA (4.20), batting average against (.264) and had the lowest number of walks with 167. The staff finished 21st in the nation with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.63. Senior starter Jake Zokan was drafted in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners, while senior Matt Pegler had earned preseason All-America honors.