AKRON, OH – Racers GM Joey Arrietta announced today that former All-NPF player Charlotte Morgan will return to the team as the assistant field manager for the 2017 season. Morgan comes back to the Racers after playing two seasons with the team in 2013 and 2014 to finish her five-year professional career. Morgan will replace three-year assistant, Dustin Combs, to join field manager Brian Levin this coming summer.
“Charlotte is the right decision at a perfect time for the Racers,” explained Arrietta. “It is always gratifying to have players who have been in our organization return to the NPF as coaches.” Crystl Bustos (Charge) and Sharonda McDonald (Bandits) are both former Racers, who will head two of the six teams in 2017.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the Racers and the NPF once again,” noted Morgan. “It’s a new role but I am so excited to be a part of the organization in Akron.”
Last May, Morgan was named one of the Racers IMPACT Honorees, recognizing the 30 players who had the most profound impact on the history of the franchise as it celebrated its 15th Season of Play in 2016. Morgan’s .412 on-base percentage in her time with Akron ranks eighth in the team record books. Morgan named to the All-NPF team in 2013.
Even as a player Morgan’s abilities as a leader were readily apparent, helping to take the Racers to new heights with her wisdom in the clubhouse and her talent on the field. The power hitting first baseman was a driving force behind Akron’s 2014 season and the upset of the Chicago Bandits in the semifinals of the NPF Championship Series.
In addition to her playing career, Morgan is in her fifth season as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Though Morgan was more known as a first baseman in the NPF, she was a pitcher and utility player throughout her collegiate playing career at Alabama. Morgan has taken that experience to become an elite pitching coach in the collegiate game, first in two seasons at Georgia Tech and now in her second season at Oklahoma State. Morgan’s first stop as an assistant coach came in 2011 when she coached the pitchers at Maryland.
In her first season at Oklahoma State, Morgan helped guide the Cowgirls back to the postseason for the first time since 2011 and developed a pitching staff led by Kacy Freeze, who finished with 19 wins and four saves in 2016. Prior to Oklahoma State, Morgan improved the Georgia Tech pitching staff, helping the squad lower their ERA by more than a full run in her first season with the Yellow Jackets.
Playing at Alabama, Morgan was the two-time SEC Player of the Year, the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner, a three-time NFCA All-American, and a two-time USA Softball Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist. Morgan became first overall selection in the 2010 NPF Draft from the Crimson Tide by the USSSA Pride.
Morgan played three seasons with the Pride and was named All-NPF in the 2011 season. Morgan helped the Pride to the best record in the NPF twice and a Cowles Cup in her rookie season in 2010.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. The Akron Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF): National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.