Coach Morgan Q&A
Bob Morgan, one of 26 baseball coaches in Division I history to reach the 1,000 career win mark, is entering his 21st season as the head coach at Indiana.
In 2003, Morgan achieved two impressive career milestones. After winning his 700th game at Indiana earlier in the season, he notched career victory No. 1,000 as the Hoosiers shut out Illinois, 4-0, on March 29, in their Big Ten opener in Champaign. He also led the Hoosiers to their second straight appearance in the Big Ten Conference Tournament this season. Check out this Q&A to get to know more about Coach Morgan...
1. The best thing about coaching baseball at Indiana is:
The opportunity to work with good student-athletes who possess excellent work habits and want to get better.
2. Since you started coaching, what has changed the most about the game, your job, etc.?
Recruting. When I first started coaching, you could out-work and out-coach people. Now, it's more of a situtation where 75 percent of your job is recruiting and teams with the best players usually win.
3. Is there a team (baseball or another sport) that have you followed and cheered for since you were a little kid?
I love watching and going to football games. My dad was a college football coach for 32 years. I also coached football in high school and college before coming to IU.
4. Who were you rooting for in this season's MLB playoffs?
The Cubs. The fans are so loyal and have suffered forever. They had a great year and a great team. I like pulling for the underdog.
5. What is the most memorable moment of your athletic career as an athlete?
I pitched back-to-back no hitters in the Shenondoah Valley League, but I think when I shutout Western Michigan to clinch the Mid-American Conference championship for Ohio University was special.
6. What is the most memorable moment of your athletic career as a coach?
In 1996, winning the Big Ten Tournament at Penn State over the University of Illinois and qualifying for the NCAA Regional. I guess winning my 1,000th game with a 4-0 shutout at Illinois was a great memory, too.
7. If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
President George Bush because it would be nice to have that kind of power.
8. When and how did you come to the realization that you wanted to become a coach?
My dad coached. My brother coached. So, it's something I grew up with. Since I don't play anymore, it's the next closest thing to that.
9. What is your all-time favorite meal?
My wife's chicken parmesian
10. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Workout. Swim, fish and play tennis.
11.What does it mean to you to be one of 26 Division I Coaches to reach the 1,000 career win mark?
It definitely puts me in a select group of people. Really, it makes me reflect on all the players I have coached who have helped me achieve the milestone.
12. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The Hamptons in Long Island, New York
13. What is your favorite movie?
Brian's Song or Rocky
14. What's the best advice you've ever been given?
"To whom much has been given, much is expected."
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