MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State Head Baseball Coach Jay Sorg has resigned after completing his fifth season with the program.
A Louisville, Ky., native and former Eagle standout, Sorg finished the 2012 campaign with the program’s first winning record since 2005 and a trip to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Eagles wrapped up the season with a 28-27 overall mark and 13-14 conference record.
“Jay has not only meant a lot to our baseball program, but he has offered so much to our athletics program and even more to me personally,” Morehead State Athletic Director Brian Hutchinson said. “Jay is the consummate professional and we are better from his involvement at his alma mater. He overcame every obstacle to build us into a high-level program with an extraordinary foundation.”
The Eagle baseball program saw a resurgence under Sorg’s leadership. MSU earned a trip to the OVC Tournament in 2009 and 2012, and several Eagles earned national recognition for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
“I feel like I am leaving the program in a good place,” Sorg said. “The future is very promising. Many great things have been accomplished. The program has improved every year with the exception of one. We are close to 90 RPI spots better than when we started. We have also seen several players break single-season and career records over the past five years.”
Sorg is an MSU graduate and played three seasons at third base for the Eagles. He was selected in the 15th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds and spent five years in the Reds farm system before becoming a professional coach. He became MSU’s 11th head baseball coach in June 2007.
“There are so many people to thank,” Sorg added. “I want to especially thank (MSU President) Dr. Wayne Andrews and Brian Hutchinson for this tremendous opportunity to coach at my alma mater. I appreciate all the assistance from the athletic department and alumni. I am forever indebted to the coaches and players who have been a part of the program over the last five years.”
A national search for Sorg’s replacement will begin immediately.