July 14, 2009
ATLANTA – Former Georgia Tech All-American Aileen Morales has been hired as a softball assistant coach it was announced today by head coach Sharon Perkins. Morales was an undergraduate assistant coach last season while completing her degree in Management.
“Aileen is going to be a great addition to our staff,” Perkins said. “She gained a lot of experience as an undergraduate assistant last year and was instrumental in the development of our hitters and infielders. As an alum of this program, she really knows what we are trying to achieve here and is going to be an invaluable asset going forward.”
A native of Columbus, Ga., Morales has the school record and is also second in ACC history in runs scored (216). She also holds the top spot in Tech’s record books and is fourth in ACC history in stolen bases (154), second in Tech history and tied for eighth in the ACC in hits (261) and is fourth and ninth, respectively in walks (100). In addition, Morales is first in school history in games played (265), games started (265), at bats (850) and stolen base attempts (173), tied for third in doubles (43), tied for fifth in triples (10), fifth in RBI (131), fourth in total bases (388) and third in assists (435).
“It is such an honor to be able to come back and work at my alma mater,” Morales said. “Last year was a great experience for me to work with such a great group of student-athletes and coaches. I am very appreciative of the opportunity that Coach Perkins has given me and I am ready for the season to begin. Georgia Tech is a great institution, both academically and athletically, and I can’t wait to be a part of this program going to the next level.”
Morales was a three-time All-ACC, All-Region and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District pick and was also an NFCA and Easton All-American in 2007. She was selected in the second round of the National Pro Fastpitch draft by the Chicago Bandits in 2008. Morales helped lead the Bandits to the 2008 NPF Championship and is currently in the middle of her second professional season.
Morales will also be playing for the Puerto Rican National Team again later this summer and will compete in the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug. 9. She will try and help team Puerto Rico qualify for the 2011 Pan American games, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2007, Morales was also on the Puerto Rican National Team and just missed qualifying for the Olympics.