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Tulsa Names Lake Travis' Chad Morris to Football Coaching Staff

Chad Morris on the sidelines as the head coach at Lake Travis High School.
Chad Morris on the sidelines as the head coach at Lake Travis High School.
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Jan. 18, 2010

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Todd Graham announced today the appointment of one of the most successful prep head coaches in Texas High School history, Chad Morris, to the Golden Hurricane coaching staff.

Morris has been named Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at Tulsa. He has served as a head coach on the Texas prep level for 16 years, coaching at Eustace Independent School District (1994-97), Elysian Field ISD (1998-99), Bay City ISD (2000-02), Stephenville ISD (2004-07) and Lake Travis ISD (2008-09).

"The opportunity at The University of Tulsa and the success that the football program has achieved under Coach Graham has me extremely excited," said Morris. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach Graham, the coaching staff and the players. I'm really excited and ready to get going. There's a lot more ball games that we're fixing to win and hopefully I can bring something to the table offensively to help us do just that."

"I believe that I can help add to the success and cohesiveness that Tulsa football has enjoyed. The possibility of coaching the caliber of kids, combined with the quality of coaches that are here at Tulsa really excited me. It will be a team effort and a great fit for me," Morris said.

"It has been a goal of mine to coach on the collegiate level, and I felt that Tulsa was a great fit. It was a very emotional decision. I take great pride in developing relationships, and having to say goodbye to the Lake Travis kids and community with whom I've nurtured these relationships with was very hard," added Morris.

Since his first head coaching position at Eustace High School in 1994, Morris has taken six of his teams to the Texas state championship game, while three of those teams captured a state title. He has compiled an overall 169-38 record for an .816 winning percentage as a prep head coach, while earning Coach of the Year honors 11 times in his career.



In the last two years, Morris led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back undefeated 16-0 seasons as well as two Class 4A state championships. Lake Travis was the state of Texas' number one-ranked offense in both 2008 and 2009. The 2008 team was the nation's second-ranked team by USA Today and eighth by Rivals.com, while the 2009 team ranked No. 2 nationally by Rivals.com and was ranked ninth by USA Today.

Morris claimed his first state championship in 2000 when his Bay City team captured the Class 4A state title.

"We're extremely excited to have Coach Morris join our coaching staff. He provides an unbelievable background in our offensive system," said Graham. "I've known Chad for some time. His background and his pedigree speak highly about his tremendous ability as an offensive coach. Chad has been a head coach for 16 years, played in six state championships and won three state titles including two-back-to-back championships. His teams hold most of the offensive records in the state of Texas, and that success speaks for itself."

"We're excited to have Chad Morris join with Herb (Hand) as Co-Offensive Coordinators," Graham added. "We think Chad is a great, great addition to our staff -- in coaching and developing our quarterbacks and bringing his innovative ideas to our offensive system. The knowledge he brings in running the same offense and the way he understands this system is extremely important to our continuity. He's a tremendous coach, tremendous person and a great addition to our program."

Morris first implemented the hurry-up, no-huddle offense in 2004 at Stephenville High School, and since that time his teams have posted an overall 75-6 record.

Morris' offenses enjoyed tremendous success in his two seasons at Lake Travis. In 2008, the Cavaliers averaged 49.0 points per game and had a 41-point margin of victory, while scoring 784 points, the fourth-most in Texas football history, and throwing for 305 yards per game. In that same 2008 campaign, Morris coached current University of Texas freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who was named the Gatorade and Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, while setting the state of Texas' single-season passing yardage mark with 4,884 yards and 55 touchdowns. Gilbert also rushed for 790 yards and 28 TDs that season.

This past year, Lake Travis totaled 7,600 offensive yards for a 475.0-yard average. LTHS threw for 287.5 yards and scored 44.0 points per game while defeating its' opponents by 34 points a game. The Cavaliers put up 4,600 passing yards and 46 TDs, with just seven interceptions.

Former Tulsa Golden Hurricane quarterback Michael Wall has served on Morris' coaching staff at Lake Travis, and so did Tulsa's current Director of High School Relations Jess Loepp a year ago.

"When we began implementing the hurry-up, no-huddle offense at Stephenville High School in 2004, it really catapulted our success and helped develop young men into exceptional football players. This style of offense gave us an advantage over teams that may have had a little more talent than us," said Morris. "The whole concept behind this offense is that we want to play the most physical, fastest pace football in the country. Tulsa fans will see that fast style of offensive football that they've seen in the past, but we'll have some different versions and variations of the offense that has helped make us successful."

Before compiling a 32-0 record in his two seasons at Lake Travis, Morris posted a five-year mark of 49-10 at Stephenville High School. At Stephenville, Morris tutored University of Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead, who has recently declared for the NFL Draft. Snead started the 2004 and 2005 seasons under Morris' tutelage and rushed for 1,053 yards in his senior season.

Following Snead quarterbacking at Stephenville High School, Morris coached quarterback Kody Spano, who plays at Nebraska, in 2006 and 2007. Spano threw for over 2,900 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior in 2007.

Before moving to Stephenville, Morris' teams registered a three-year record of 34-8 at Bay City High School, while playing for the state championship two years (2000 and 2001) and winning the crown that first season with a 14-1 record. At Bay City, Morris coached quarterbacks Andrew Smith (2000) and Scott Elliott (2001-02). Smith went on to play at North Texas where he lead the Mean Green to a Bowl Game in his freshman season, while Elliott played collegiately at Tulane.

Morris' Elysian High School teams advanced to the state championship game in each of his two seasons as the head coach, while posting a 26-6 two-year record. His first team in 1998 compiled a 12-4 record, while the 1999 team compiled a 14-2 mark.

He received his first head coaching position at the Eustace Independent School District, where he led that high school team to an 11-1 record in his final season of four years as the head coach. Morris received his

first coaching position at Eustace High School as the quarterback coach in 1992-93, before taking over the reigns as head coach in 1994.

At Eustace, Morris also served as the head boys basketball coach for four seasons (1993-97) and posted a record of 128-32.

"I have been tremendously blessed to have worked and enjoyed success in some wonderful school districts," said Morris. "The Lake Travis experience represents the pinnacle of my high school coaching career, and words cannot express how much I will miss the players, district staff, parents, colleagues and community members who have been instrumental in building the program into what it is today. The opportunity to move to the college ranks as an offensive coordinator is simply an opportunity that I felt I should pursue."

Morris, 41, earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from Texas A&M University in 1992. The Dallas, Texas native and his wife, Paula, have two children: daughter MacKenzie (13) and son Chandler (9).

Morris' Year-By-Year Head Coaching Record

Year School Record Post-season

2009 Lake Travis 16-0 Class 4A State Champions 2008 Lake Travis 16-0 Class 4A State Champions (32-0)

2007 Stephenville 10-2 Class 4A Division II Area Finalist 2006 Stephenville 10-2 District 8-4A Champions 2005 Stephenville 13-1 Class 4A Division I State Semifinalist 2004 Stephenville 10-1 District 6-4A Champions 2003 Stephenville 6-4 (49-10)

2002 Bay City 6-5 Class 4A Bi-District Playoffs 2001 Bay City 14-2 Class 4A State Finalist 2000 Bay City 14-1 Class 4A State Champions (34-8)

1999 Elysian Field 14-2 Class 2A Division II State Finalist 1998 Elysian Field 12-4 Class 2A Division II State Finalist (26-6)

1997 Eustace 11-1 Class 3A Area Finalist 1996 Eustace 7-3 1995 Eustace 5-5 1994 Eustace 5-5 (28-14)