Charlotte Morgan – Head Coach
The Cleveland Comets will be led this year by Charlotte Morgan, who served as Head Coach for the Racers during the 2017 season and led the team to a 26-24 record.
Morgan, a previous All-NPF player herself was taken number one overall in the 2010 NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride. During her five-year professional career, Morgan was a dominant hitter, both in power an average. She enjoyed the best season of her career in 2013 with a .302 batting average, 7 home runs, 31 RBI, .425 on-base-percentage and a .508 slugging percentage.
In addition to her playing career, Morgan is in her sixth 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 the University of Alabama. Morgan has taken that experience to become an elite pitching coach in the collegiate game, with schools such as Maryland, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and now currently at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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.
Growing up in Moreno Valley, California, Morgan began playing softball at the age of nine. At Moreno Valley High School, she was a two-sport athlete, competing in both softball and basketball. After attending her final year of high school at Valley View High School, Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude. By graduation, she had accumulated numerous awards and honors, including league Rookie of the Year in 2003, Valley View Female Athlete of the Year in 2006, and Moreno Valley High School Scholar-Athlete. Additionally, Morgan was recognized as a three-time first team All-League honoree, second team All-League honoree, and first team All-County honoree, as well as league MVP in 2003 and Valley View High School MVP in 2006.
Hunter Veach – Assistant Coach
Hunter Veach has spent the last 5 years coaching collegiate softball at both the NAIA and NCAA Division I levels at Auburn University Montgomery and Auburn University respectively.
During Veach’s two years as a Volunteer and Assistant Coach at Auburn University, Veach held the responsibility as an infield, pitching, and hitting instructor.
Most notably as the pitch caller and primary pitching coach during the 2017 season, Veach helped lead the Tigers to an SEC championship as well as a pair of NCAA tournaments appearances. Capturing a super regional championship and making it to the WCWS championship series in the 2016 season.
Prior to Auburn Veach spent three years as a volunteer assistant coach at Auburn-Montgomery. Veach was instrumental in the Warhawks’ success helping lead the program to two NAIA National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Both times AUM won the national championship, the coaching staff earned accolades as the NAIA Softball National Coaching Staff of the Year.
While in Montgomery, Veach helped coach four NAIA All-Americans and tutored Cassie Jones who was named the 2015 NAIA Player of the Year. Auburn-Montgomery team went 45-12, 44-7 and 46-8 advancing to the NAIA Softball World Series all three seasons (2013-15) Veach spent at AUM.
Amanda Locke – Pitching Coach
Amanda Locke is in her first season with the Cleveland Comets. A former All-American at Alabama, and current pitching coach at Texas Tech University, Locke led the Crimson Tide to its first national championship in 2012.
Following her playing career, Locke spent two seasons as a coach at Northwestern State.
In her two seasons with the Lady Demons, Northwestern State won a total of 70 games, including 40 in 2013 which marked the program’s first 40-win season since 2002. The Lady Demons were just 19-31 the season prior to Locke’s arrival.
Locke tutored a pair of All-Southland Conference pitchers during her tenure in Kylie Roos and Kaylee Guidry, who earned second-team honors in both of Locke’s two seasons. Roos finished 17-5 with a 1.54 ERA in 2013 for a Northwestern State program that cut its team ERA from 3.88 the year prior to Locke’s arrival to an impressive 2.15 average.
Matt Moody – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Matt Moody was named the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the 2018 Cleveland Comets. A well known and experienced personal trainer for 10 years, Moody has an extensive history in training high caliber athletes in various sports at all levels.
Matt achieved his Bachelors Degree in exercise science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he also obtained a minor in Allied Health as well as Parks and Recreation.
- Yang Jie, Assistant Coach
- Tang ChangDong, Assistant Coach
- Zhang WeiHong, Assistant Coach
- Qin Zhi, Team Doctor
- Vanessa Punches, Athletic Trainer
- Huang Qian, Interpreter
- Li Xiang, Interpreter