MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — The Morehead City Marlins have announced the hiring of Matt Gould and Ryan Smith to complete the 2023 coaching staff. Gould will assume the role of hitting coach, while Smith will be pitching coach for the Marlins’ summer season.

“After an extensive search for individuals who would fit our culture in Morehead City, we are proud to name Matt and Ryan as assistant coaches for the 2023 season,” Head Coach Sam Carel said. “Both young men are grinders who have a great background and history of working with collegiate talent. We are excited to round out our coaching staff with two high quality individuals that will fit in perfectly with our Marlins family.

Gould attended the University of Iowa where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Art Management 2021. Since 2022, Gould has been the Assistant Baseball Coach at the College of DuPage. He oversees the duties of the catchers, offense, recruiting, and media management. In the same year, Gould also assumed the responsibilities of Head Coach and Director of Operations for the 15u Chicago Select/Illinois Hitmen. 

Smith attended Florence-Darlington Technical College (FTDC) before transferring to the College of Charleston (COFC). Smith played two years at FTDC and four years at the COFC as a pitcher. After completing his Bachelor of Science in 2022 at COFC, Smith returned to FTDC and became the pitching coach. During the 2022 season, Smith managed the pitching staff and oversaw the weight room activities for the Lake Norman Copperheads of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. 

The Morehead City Marlins ended the 2022 season with a 37-10 overall record and East Division champions. As the Marlins look to continue to build upon the success from last season, Smith and Gould will both be a crucial part of the organization. Both coaches are excited to join the Marlins and look forward to a great season! 

Season opener for the Marlins will be in Wilmington, NC against the Sharks on Thursday, May 25th. The following day, the Marlins compete in their home opener against Tri-City Chili Peppers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM. 

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