Head Coach Chris Morris of Husson University shared a look into his scouting methods and offered some advice on how players should approach the recruiting process. Coach Husson hit on an important topic: players need to have passion for the game. As he mentions, it’s easy to get swept up in the recruiting process and lose sight of the most important aspect of playing the game.
The Eagles are an NCAA Division III school that competes in the North Atlantic Conference, and recently were back-to-back Regular Season and Conference Tournament Champions in 2021 and 2022.
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Recruiting Q&A – with Head Coach Chris Morris
What are your typical scouting methods?
We are a good mix of everything currently. We feel that showcases are great and certainly show what skills athletes possess but we also like to see athletes in-game settings. There are certainly a lot of factors that we take into account in our recruiting process and try to be as complete as we can be.
How do you recommend players contact you if they are interested in your program?
Email and Questionnaire — Filling out the questionnaire gets all of your information into our database and an email introducing yourself with upcoming schedule and coach contacts are what works best for us.
If a player contacts you, what are you most interested in?
Videos are great to see your athleticism, stats are not something that I am concerned with personally in that email. Coaches’ contact information is probably the most important information for me to get in our first email. That would be your high school and summer coach contact information. Followed up with your schedule over the next couple of months (Games, Camps, Showcases)
Any general advice for players that want to play college baseball?
Play because you love to play baseball not because you want to play college baseball. Our number one checkbox in our recruiting process is do they LOVE baseball? If you make everything you do about being recruited, you will lose track of why you play and that is because you love baseball, let your passion for the game and competing drive you.
Play- Compete, you can still train and prepare for baseball year around. Find ways to be involved in other sports they can all help you (football, hockey, soccer, track, swimming, etc). Find your way into a weight room, get a base and have knowledge of how to lift. This small step will help prepare you for college baseball.
Any other comments about your program that you’d like to share?
2019-2021-2022- Three straight Conference Championships
2021- 2022 Back to Back NCAA Tournaments (2022 first NCAA win since 2009)
3.4 Team GPA
Coach Morris @ Husson Since 2020
51-32 (.614) Overall
31-3 (.912) Conference
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Program Overview – Eagles Baseball
Head Coach Chris Morris took over the Husson University baseball program in 2019. Under his leadership, the Eagles have been the team to beat in the North Atlantic Conference. The 2021 and 2022 seasons produced a combined 31-3 conference record with Regular-Season and Conference Tournament Championships in both years.
Coach Morris has taken the program to new heights during his tenure. The Husson University alum was voted the 2021 North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and has several players garner post-season honors.
The Husson University Eagles have a long history of a winning tradition and in the last few years have become a program that is competing on a national level year in and year out. Interested players are encouraged to follow Coach Morris’ advice in the Recruiting Q&A to take the next steps in learning more about the program.
School Overview – Husson University
Husson University is located in Bangor, ME, approximately 250 miles north of Boston. With an average class size of 15, students receive personalized attention from faculty. With over 65 degree offerings, Husson University offers a variety of academic programs including accelerated programs to fit the needs of all students.
Recently, Husson University was recognized as one of the lowest-priced private universities accredited by NECHE in New England, according to U.S. News and World Report. Located near the Atlantic coast, Husson University is in close proximity to great hiking and a variety of outdoor activities for students to pursue.
Students who are interested in learning more about the academic programs, admission requirements, and student life at Husson University are invited to visit husson.edu for more information.
We would like to thank Coach Morris for taking the time to answer the Recruiting Q&A. Coach Morris offered some amazing advice… the recruiting process can be stressful and overwhelming, but players shouldn’t lose focus on their development as a baseball players, and their love for the game. This advice really resonated with us, and it is not surprising the success of the Eagles program when the foundation is built on these principles.
Also, Coach Morris’ take on weightlifting and playing all sports is another topic we think is great to bring up. High school athletes often struggle with the decision of when and if they should focus on only one sport. Along with Coach Morris’ advice, we believe the best approach, in general, is to continue to develop as a well-rounded athlete. Becoming stronger and faster certainly translates to the baseball field and playing other sports and spending time in the weight room is the key to doing so.
Players interested in Husson University and the baseball program are encouraged to follow Coach Morris’ advice and visit the above links to learn more. Again, we’d like to thank Coach Morris and wish the Eagles the best of luck in their upcoming season!