Grafton, WI- Chinooks Field Manager, Eddy Morgan, has decided to step down as the Chinooks skipper heading into the 2017-18 off-season. Morgan notified the organization shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Eddy Morgan has been with the Chinooks since the team’s inaugural season in 2012. For the team’s first season, Eddy served as an assistant coach under manager John Vodenlich (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater). The team would finish with a .500 record. After Vodenlich’s departure, the Chinooks hired on Morgan as the team’s field manager, a position he would hold for the next five seasons.
Under the Morgan Era, the team found immediate success with four playoff appearances in five seasons including the 2014 Northwoods League Championship.
Eddy took the Chinooks to their first playoff appearance in 2013 after winning the 2nd half crown for the South Division. The Chinooks were knocked out of the playoffs by the Madison Mallards in game 3 of the South Division Championship Series.
2014 served as the most memorable season for Eddy Morgan and the Chinooks. The team got off to a hot start by winning the 1st half of the South Division and continued their hot streak through the remainder of the season by also winning the 2nd half. Lakeshore would go on to sweep the Woodchucks in the South Division Championship, ultimately claiming the organization’s first Northwoods League Championship by sweeping the Mankato Moondogs.
Also in 2014, Morgan managed the South Division All-Stars in the annual Northwoods League All-Star Game which was held at Kapco Park in Mequon. Robin Yount served as Morgan’s honorary coach for the game as well. Following the championship season, Eddy was named the Northwoods League Manager of the Year which was voted on by the league affliates.
After missing the playoffs in 2015, Morgan would again take his team back to the postseason in 2016 and 2017, each time bowing out to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
Morgan had an overall regular season record of 203-154 and went 5-4 in the playoffs. “Coach Morgan has been one of the Chinooks best assets throughout the team’s existence. His leadership, guidance, and patience with both players and coaches has made him the perfect ambassador for Chinooks baseball both on and off the field. As a staff, we will certainly miss seeing Eddy and his wonderful family at Kapco Park this summer. We wish him the best with the Concordia Falcons Men’s Baseball Team and know he will enjoy more time with his family next summer,” added Chinooks GM Shawn Kison.
He will continue managing the Falcons Men’s Baseball Team at Concordia University Wisconsin as he gears up for his fifth season on the bench.
Over the past 6 years, Eddy Morgan has helped put the Lakeshore Chinooks on the summer collegiate map and make the organization a premier destination for players from all over the country. The Lakeshore Chinooks would like to thank Coach Morgan for 5 great seasons as the team’s manager and for the leadership he has shown both on and off the field.