PHILADELPHIA – As announced by Head Softball Coach Leslie King, Morgan Earling is the newest member of the University of Pennsylvania coaching staff. Working with Coach King and assistant coach Danielle Gonzales, Earling will work primarily with the infielders and outfielders, focusing on particular skills for each individual.
Earling comes to Penn after graduating from Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s in May of 2014 with a BS in Business Administration.
“Morgan brings solid DI experience from her four years at Saint Joe’s,” said King. “She is a NJ native so she understands the local recruiting landscape, and her personality and energy have been well received by the team.”
As the second Hawk alum to join the Red and Blue coaching staff, Earling already has a connection to the team.
“Some people may not know that in my time at Saint Joseph’s I was coached by Dani [Gonzales],” said Earling. “She was the softball grad assistant while I was a freshman and a sophomore. Having the opportunity to work with Dani now as a coach has been more than a pleasure. She taught me to become a better player and is now teaching me her ways as becoming a better coach.”
During her four-year softball career at Saint Joe’s, Earling helped lead the Hawks to four consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament berths, two A-10 title game appearances, and two 30-win seasons – a feat last accomplished in 2002. As a senior, she was awarded the Dorie Leahy Award, which is given to student athlete for dedication and loyalty to their team.
This is Earling’s first coaching position, but from 2009-2012, she was the Clinic Director and Instructor at the Diamond Hawks Organization and St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, N.J. There she developed and executed themed lesson plans that incorporated both fun and learning, taught 10-17 year olds the basic skills and rules of softball, organized races and games that engaged and interested the children, and held hitting lessons throughout the year with children in need of assistance.
“I am really looking forward to experiencing the other side of the softball world,” Earling said. “I am beyond excited and grateful to come to a great university and even better softball program. Nothing makes me happier than coaching a wonderful group of girls at a game that I love.”
Penn is coming off a 13-6-1 Ivy season, winning the South Division Title for the third year in-a-row, and will look to bring The Johnson-Crowley Trophy back to Philadelphia.