Morgan replaces Colman Roberts, who resigned that post recently but will continue as the school’s softball coach and will assist with the middle school boys basketball team.
John Howard, Woodland athletic director and boys basketball coach, said Morgan had coached basketball at the school a number of years and brings a lot of knowledge about the sport as well as a passion to his new position.
“We immediately thought of him,” Howard said. “He has done a wonderful job with our girls soccer program. He has a lot of basketball experience. It’s always been a passion of his.”
Morgan, who coached his final soccer game of the season Monday, said he now will focus his attention on girls basketball.
“I have enjoyed my time as soccer coach the past 12 years and was blessed with good players, great parents and a supportive administration. I have no doubt whoever inherits it will inherit a good bit of talent and should be very competitive the next few years.”
He said while he has enjoyed coaching soccer, he is returning to the sport that drew him into coaching.
“Basketball is probably my passion,” he said. “I grew up playing and always had a love for the game. I didn’t get it out of my system and, hopefully, that will carry over to our players and they will embody that. I am thankful for this opportunity and am looking forward to meeting the girls on a different level and working together to get better.”
Morgan has previous coaching experience in basketball at the school, where he served as assistant boys basketball coach for Hershel Bennett and Mike Tobin for several years, starting in 1999, his first year at Woodland.
“I was lucky enough to get experience under two very good coaches at Woodland and was able to work with some good players,” Morgan said. “This will be my first stint as head coach of the girls basketball team.”
He said he feels his work with the girls soccer team and the resources at Woodland have helped prepared him for this challenge.
“I have been working with coach Roberts extensively and he has been very helpful during this transition,” Morgan said. “He has done a really good job with the program, and I know the group I’m inheriting is very disciplined and well schooled in the fundamentals.
“Coach Roberts has been really helpful and made the transition as easy as possible. He has not left the building, and I am looking forward to using him as a resource in helping our players reach their goals as a basketball team.”
Morgan added he has studied game films of the team this past season and noted how much improvement the players made.
“I’m hoping to build on that momentum and have it carry over to the summer and into next season,” he said.
Morgan said the team will participate in a summer program that should help the players invest in their game and in the team.
“We want our kids to be as competitive as possible in a very tough region,” he added.
Morgan said he expects the Lady Wildcats to play with a passion for the game and play for their teammates.
“I expect our players to play selflessly, to play hard, smart, play together and, at the same time, to have fun. I want them to play well defensively, to share the ball on offense and try to do the little things that will enable us to win as many games as possible in a very tough region.”
He said his assistant coaches include Steve Dunnington and Lloyd Taylor.
“Coach Dunnington has been a head coach and was an assistant with coach Roberts and brings just a wealth of basketball experience to the program,” Morgan said. “He also has experience coaching these girls, which will be just invaluable.
“Lloyd Taylor, our JV coach, is fired up and excited. He has a lot of enthusiasm and will bring it to the program.”
Morgan said he and coach Howard are jointly sponsoring a basketball camp for girls and boys at the school, describing it as the first joint venture of its kind at Woodland.
“I’m looking forward to working with coach Howard in coordinating the boys and girls basketball programs.”