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My goal is to produce valuable teammates & self-reliant athletes.

From winning a championship at Washington to coaching defense around the country with The Packaged Deal, I have become firm in my belief there is no secret formula to success. There are those that work for what they want and there are those that make excuses for why they couldn’t do the work.

Success starts inside of you. Your need to be great has to come before the results. I believe that hard work will always pay off- one way or another. Even if results don’t fall in your favor; the character, will, & strength you build will last beyond just softball.

I don’t want any of my fielders to be defined by wins or losses. Instead, I want them to take pride in how they APPROACH each game & handle life’s hurdles.

My training provides fundamental defensive tools, but also strengthens each player’s mental armor. My players and their families believe that attending lessons with me is more than just softball training. Whether you are an in-person lesson regular or an online student, you're being held to a standard of growth on the field as well as growth on the inside.


2009 National Champion (University of Washington)
2009 All-World Series Team
2010 Pac-10 Champion
2011 Academic All-American
2012 Riverside Sports Hall of Fame inductee
2013 Professional Softball Player (Switzerland)
2013-2014 College Coach (UCR, LMU)
2014 University of Washington Hall of Fame inductee
2015 Filipino National Softball Team (Summer)

Lead Infield Instructor & Co-Founder of The Packaged Deal

Founder of Morgan Stuart Defense Lessons & Defense Club

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  • Evaluations have created these 3 Elite Classes- this is the first time we have tried scoring this way- scroll to see some of the things that were evaluated. Total score out of 30!

Other notes on Elite Classes:
• Must be a regular lesson to be considered
• If you were not in class for evaluations, you will not have a score this time around
• Next evaluations are TBD but if I feel you can be moved to elite class and there are spots, I will contact you.
• These girls will have first choice on whether they want to accept Elite class time or if they want to keep current lesson spot. Next highest scores will then be invited.

What’s the difference between an Elite Class and a regular class?
• We will have same class structure and teaching points each week- classes might be a little faster pace due to concepts already being mastered.

I will have some happy and upset lessons after announcing this but here’s the deal: YOU control your lesson experience.

A number is ONLY telling of how you stack up in points I have outlined in this evaluation. No matter what class you’re in, you can get better, get a great workout, and be a good teammate to make others’ experience better too.

Come see me in lessons to discuss your score. Happy Tuesday everyone 🖤
  • Big work day preparing for Seattle at the end of the week.

Can’t wait to see how these girls improve and work through the hard parts in stop #2 of @thepackageddeal Anniversary Tour 🖤
  • What can you do at home to get better? Endless things.

Trend right now is that players are showing up to mandatory team training and they are going through the motions. Focus and energy are down, practice is a “have to” instead of a “get to.” Yes, it takes a lot of hours and weekly training is going to help get you there, but if you’re not mentally “in,” then you’re practicing the wrong way.

Don’t just show up. Thanks for letting me reflect and share @natashawatley29 🖤

#defense #dwc #practice #softball
  • Putting @defenseclub on hold doesn’t mean I’m going to stop talking about the mental side or deprive my softball girls of it.

This is where the idea was born and this is the root of why I continue to post thoughts, ideas, and my own battles on social media:

I think I could have been so much better if I had focused more on what was inside of me than what it looked like I was accomplishing.

I think I would have had an easier time figuring out who I was outside of sport if I had gained perspective sooner and not placed so much of my identity in results of softball.

These ideas are not special to me or to the sport of softball- I believe this is the loose screw in majority of developing athletes that needs to be tightened up.

Especially with kids being pulled to 5 and 6 days a week of practices and games...even the less-than-normal amount of time devoted to “just being a kid” that elite athletes got has shrunk. Athletes have tripled their time being told what they need to be doing and severely decreased time needed to figure it out on their own.

There will be a shift and a rebalance and I’m just here hoping I can be on the side of mental wellness instead of burnout and instability.
  • HA. Perfect. There’s. No. Such. Thing.
  • A year ago I was:

Planning my first Groundwork event and gearing up to launch @defenseclub.

I felt like I was in the fast lane- excited for possibility and just trying to get it all done because I KNEW it had to.

I was grinding and not stopping because I had found my voice that spoke to those specific players- the one I used to be.

To date, I’ve had ✌🏼Groundwork clinics and Defense Club is now live- I did what I set out to do, so why do I feel like I’m underachieving?

I had to press pause on Defense Club because, honestly, I didn’t think it would be this hard.

I didn’t think it would take full time hours to keep having the conversation Defense Club starts- but it does. I didn’t realize I was riding the high of creation and that I’d be spent after reaching a finish line that wasn’t real.

I’ve had my own business and helped found another. I’ve worked a lot. I do not shy away from the details and daily routine needed to get things done- but not having the bandwidth to shoulder my passion project has been humbling.

In the last few months I’ve stepped back and gotten perspective. It’s funny to me that me, of all people, would be surprised that to have more it’s going to take more work.

My bad guys. I promised a lot and I’m going to work until I deliver, but I was forgetting that I’m human. And a lot of the time movement and change and growth claims a price at some point.

So here we are. Defense Club has been on pause, but in 2020, I’m pressing play.
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