Jeff Morganti took over Lakeland Community College softball in 2014 and has brought a wealth of experience to the Lakers.
Morganti coached Lakeland to a 21-15 record in 2017, which was a three-game improvement from the 2016 team record of 18-16.
Since 2014, Morganti has coached 10 first team all-conference players, three National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) East Region players. The Lakers have also had eight NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes and seven NJCAA All-Academic recipients, including five from the 2016-17 academic year. Softball also posted a 3.28 grade point average during the 2016-17 school year under Morganti.
He has coached softball for the past 15 years, and spent two seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Lake Erie College before taking over Lakeland.
In his two years with the Storm, four student-athletes earned honorable mention all-conference accolades from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), one of the premier NCAA Division II conferences in the nation. Additionally, 10 were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team for carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.49 and eight more earned GLIAC Academic Excellence Team selections for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.
Before his tenure in Painesville, Morganti spent eight years leading a pair of high school varsity programs. From 2003-2009 he was head coach at Eastlake North High School where he led the Rangers to three conference title and the first district title and regional appearance in the program history. He was named News-Herald and Plain-Dealer coach of the year in 2003 and 2008 after guiding Eastlake North to Premier Athletic Conference (PAC) championships. In his seven years at the helm, the Rangers amassed 125 wins and boasted 20 First Team All-Conference players. He then spent one year as the head coach at West Geauga High School before accepting the position with Lake Erie College.
The Kirtland, Ohio, native is a cum laude graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Mass-Media Communication. Morganti worked as a television sports anchor for WAKC in Akron, Ohio, worked in radio at WTAM and WKNR and was a stringer for ESPN radio covering the Cleveland Browns and Indians. He went on to earn a teaching certificate in special education and a master’s in Communication from Cleveland State University. He has been employed as an intervention specialist with the Willoughby-Eastlake school district since 1996. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA), Morganti resides in Mentor with his wife, Deanna.