Morgan Childers, after finishing a four-year playing career at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C., is in her first season at Campbell and was hired to work as the program’s pitching coach in the summer of 2011.
Childers ended her career as the most accomplished player to ever play at Upstate and one of the top players to have ever pitched in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Childers topped off her outstanding career with a senior season where she went 29-9, had an ERA of 1.33, struck out 375 batters and limited opponents to a .163 batting average. She led the conference in wins and strikeouts and placed 14th and sixth nationally in each of those categories, respectfully. She also threw a pair of no-hitters on the season to raise her career total to six.
Childers finished her softball career ranked among the all-time greats in the Atlantic Sun Conference. She is the conference's all-time leader in victories with 113 and ranks second in career strikeouts (1,338) and shutouts (42). She also ranks among the all-time leaders and in the top five in innings pitched, starts and complete games.
Childers owns 11 career school records at Upstate, including wins (113), strikeouts (1,338), shutouts (42), saves (10), appearances (164), innings pitched (930.2), She owns 11 single-season Spartan marks, including wins (34 - 2010), shutouts (16 - 2010) and strikeouts (428 - 2010). She also has the school's single game mark for strikeouts with 18 in her collegiate debut in 2008.
The Kings Mountain, N.C. native received numerous honors during her four years at Upstate. She was named the A-Sun's Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2008. She is only one of seven players in the history of the conference named all-conference four times, securing three first-team selections. She was twice named Upstate's Student-Athlete of the Year and was a semifinalist for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award as a senior. She twice earned a place on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team All-Region Team. To top it off, she also became the first student-athlete in Upstate history to ever have her number retired.
Childers was drafted to play professional softball for the Akron Racers in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), which is the only major professional Fastpitch softball league in the United States, with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Childers graduated in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor's
degree in secondary education and is now enrolled in graduate
school at Campbell.
She is engaged to John Caddell, a former assistant baseball coach at Campbell and USC Upstate. The couple has their wedding planned for October 2012.