WARREN, Pa. – Sometimes in life, the stars align and something that seems like a perfect fit just comes together.
That’s certainly the case with Andrew Morrison, who was officially approved as the next head baseball coach at Warren Area High School at Monday’s school board meeting.
He will replace Rick Eaton, who retired after last season following a successful run that included a District 10 title in 2019.
Morrison is a WAHS alum and former standout on the diamond for the Dragons. Now, at the ripe young age of 28, he gets the opportunity to lead a program that is rich in tradition.
“I wasn’t sure until I got the job with the school district,” Morrison said about his interest in the coaching position. “Once I did, I felt like it would be a really good fit. I know a lot of the kids through work or football.”
Morrison is a guidance counselor with the Warren County School District, and already has a plethora of coaching experience under his belt. He has served as an assistant football coach on Mark Morelli’s staff at Warren and most recently spent this last season on Nate Liberty’s football staff at Cambridge Springs.
“I’m really excited,” Morrison said. “I know I’m young, but I’ve been coaching since I was 20. It’s something that I’ve worked hard to prepare myself for. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of great coaches, including Mark and Nate and I feel like I’m prepared.”
Morrison was a three-sport athlete at Warren in his playing days (football, basketball, baseball) and, as much as he enjoyed his experience at Cambridge Springs, he’s excited to return to his roots.
“I learned a ton at Cambridge Springs, but at the same time it’s really cool to be back where it all started,” he said. “This is where I want to be. This program and this town have been really good to me and I want to be good back to them. This is such a good program historically and all the programs at Warren are thriving right now and that’s definitely something I want to contribute to.”
And the experiences he’s already gained in coaching have prepared him to take a leading role.
“I’ve been through a lot of different teams,” he said. “Young teams, experienced teams. The football team was kind of down when we started, but we were able to build that back up. I’ve had a lot of different experiences including COVID and everything that went along with that. I’ve taken a lot of that information from the coaches I’ve worked with and I’m really grateful for that.”
He will be taking over a Warren team that is young but certainly has plenty of talent coming back. They also happen to play in one of the most competitive regions (Region 5) top to bottom, perhaps in the entire state with the likes of Cathedral Prep, McDowell, Harbor Creek and others.
“We’re a young team, but we have lots of talent,” he said. “I also think our region is one of the best in the state. We have two 6A teams in Prep and McDowell and Harbor Creek, LeBoeuf, McLane, Corry all are consistently competitive.”
Now that it’s official, Morrison is eager to get going.
“We’re going to have a team meeting here soon,” he said. “I’m looking forward to really getting to know the kids and what makes them tick. One of the big things for me is development and working together as a team, having one heartbeat. Cohesion and teamwork are really important to me.
He will be assisted by Ed Baldensperger and Johnny White.
“I want to thank Mr. (Rick) Gignac (Supervisor of District-Wide Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities), Mr. (Jeff) Flickner (Warren Area High School Principal) and Mr. (Jeff) White (Warren Area High School Athletic Director) for giving me this opportunity,” he said.