Miami baseball coach Jim Morris has been the face of the Hurricanes for 21 seasons since he took over the program in 1994. Now it appears that he’ll be sitting in the dug out at Mark Light Field for a few more.
As first reported by the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Morris has accepted a three-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in Coral Gables through the 2018 season. The 64-year-old coach had one year remaining on his contract after signing his last extension back in 2009.
“I love coaching,’’ Morris told the Miami Herald in mid-May, when asked about his future status and what he would say to critics that wanted him ousted after seeing UM go three consecutive seasons without winning a regional – one of those, in 2012, as the host. “I’m not doing things a lot differently than I did 10 years ago. We have better players this year. We had a great recruiting class."
“You know what? I drive a Cadillac. And these guys are Cadillacs.’’
Morris is being rewarded after leading the Hurricanes to one of their most successful seasons in the past few years. Miami finished the season with a 44-19 record and won the ACC Regular Season title with a 24-6 conference record. The Hurricanes also advanced to the championship game in the Coral Gables regional before losing to Texas Tech, which eventually made the College World Series.
In Morris’s 21 seasons he has a career record of 931-380-3 and has led Miami to an NCAA-record 42 consecutive postseason appearances. Under Morris’s guidance Miami won two national titles in 1999 and 2001 and played in 11 College World Series in Morris's first 15 seasons. Miami hasn’t made it to Omaha since 2008 though, which has led to some frustration among fans.
However, Jackson reported that the UM administration continues to have great confidence in Morris, pointing out that there are factors outside of his control. Those factors include UM’s high tuition rates, which hurts baseball recruiting and usually only allows for partial scholarships to be awarded.
Morris’s extension was also agreed upon before Texas Tech eliminated Miami in the regional championship game.