|Title:||Assistant Field Hockey Coach|
|Previous College:||Duke '19|
Randolph-Macon Field Hockey Head Coach Jess Weiss has announced the hiring of Morgan Bitting as the program's Assistant Field Hockey Coach. Bitting will begin her work in Ashland in July.
"I can't wait to officially have Morgan on campus and get this started," Weiss said. "She embodies everything we ask of our players and she is a true representation of what it means to be a student-athlete. Morgan not only thrived on the field and in the classroom at Duke, but she fully immersed herself in the university as whole. During the hiring process she echoed my passion for student-athlete development, investment in personal wellness and she has proven time and again that she enhances the lives of those around her through leadership and hard work."
Bitting joins Randolph-Macon after recently graduating from Duke University where she was a three-year starter with the Blue Devils. While at Duke, she was a part of multiple historic seasons, as the Blue Devils made a run to the NCAA semifinals her freshman year and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title in her sophomore campaign. In total, Bitting saw action in 84 games, starting 63 of them, and finished her career with 11 assists and two goals. She served as the team's field captain her senior season and represented the Blue Devils in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game after leading Duke to its fourth consecutive NCAA Quarterfinals appearance. She capped off her career last month by being honored with the Stef Fee Duke True Award for her display of all-around leadership, work ethic and dedication to Duke Field Hockey.
"I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to work at Randolph-Macon College alongside Coach Weiss," Bitting said. "I admire her passion for field hockey and her student-athletes, and I am eager to have her as a mentor. I look forward to working with the team and helping them develop as people and players."
Off the field, Bitting earned a spot on the Dean's List, the ACC Academic Honor Roll and the NFHCA National Academic Squad in each of her four seasons. She was recognized as a NFHCA Scholar of Distinction in her freshman and junior campaigns. During the course of her studies, she served in internship roles with student-athlete development, marketing, sports information and compliance in the Duke University Athletic Department. Additionally, she served as an event chair for the annual Duke STARS program and was a mentor for the First Year ACTION program, and was a member of the Duke Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well.
During her time as a student-athlete, Bitting also served in multiple key roles as a staff member and coach at Duke Field Hockey camp in Durham, as well as a performance coach at Powertrain Sports and Fitness in her home state of Pennsylvania.
Prior to her tenure at Duke, Bitting was a member of the U.S. U19 and U17 junior national teams, earning selections to U19 Junior National Camp in 2017 and U17 Junior National Camp in 2012 and 2013. While at Lower Dauphin High School, Bitting won state titles as a sophomore and a junior. She was a two-time NFHCA All-American, three-time Pennsylvania Region and All-State team member, and was also named the 2013 Mid-Penn Player of the Year in her junior season.
While at Randolph-Macon, Bitting will further her education at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Sport Leadership after receiving the prestigious Heidrick Family Leadership Post Graduate Scholarship in April. The scholarship is given to individuals who are leaders within Duke Athletics and who have used that influence to enhance the community as a whole.