Cavaliers' head coach led Virginia to ACC and regional titles
Cavaliers' head coach led Cavaliers to ACC and regional titles
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Virginia head coach led the Cavaliers to the regional championship
Todd Morgan is in his fifth season as assistant track and field coach and head women’s cross country coach after joining the program in January 2012. Morgan had spent the previous three cross country seasons as the primary cross country coach and five-and-a-half years as an assistant track and field coach at Florida.
In 2015-16, Morgan led the Cavaliers to their first ACC women's cross country championship since 1982, their second-consecutive NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the third-consecutive top-15 finish for UVA. For his efforts, Morgan was named the ACC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year. During the indoor track and field season, Morgan guided Iona Lake to the ACC title in the mile and an NCAA Championship berth.
In 2014-15, Morgan led the Cavaliers to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, after a runner-up finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Virginia’s outdoor track and field season was highlighted by Lake winning the ACC championship in the 3000m steeplechase.
In 2013-14, Morgan directed the Cavaliers to strong seasons in both cross country and track and field. Virginia won the 2013 NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country championship and had a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Morgan was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. The Cavaliers set school records with four All-ACC performers and six All-Region honorees, while Barbara Strehler earned All-American accolades with 24th-place finish. In the spring, the Cavalier distance runners set several school freshman records, including Jen Flack qualifying for the 10,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2012-13, Morgan guided Virginia’s women’s distance runners to strong performances during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. He coached Vicky Fouhy to a 12th place finish in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-America honors for the first time. During the outdoor season, Morgan helped Catherine White win her second consecutive ACC Championship in the 10,000m and Barbara Strehler advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in her career, where she finished 22nd in the 5,000m.
In his first track and field season at UVa, Morgan coached Morgane Gay to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships and four All-Americans at the national outdoor meet, including Gay (1,500m), Chelsea Ley (5,000m), Kathleen Stevens (5,000m) and Catherine White (10,000m). During Morgan’s first cross country season with Virginia, White earned All-America honors with a 33rd-place finish at NCAAs, while White and Barbara Strehler each earned All-Southeast Region honors.
Morgan’s women’s distance crew helped the Cavaliers earn a second-place finish at the ACC Outdoor Championships, their highest finish since 1995. White was the ACC Champion in the 10k and third in the 5,000m, while Gay placed second in both the 1,500m and the 5,000m.
Morgan directed the Florida women’s cross country team to back-to-back SEC Championships in 2009 and 2010 and mentored Charlotte Browning to the indoor 1-mile run and outdoor 1,500-meter NCAA individual titles in 2010.
During the 2011 cross country season, Morgan led the Gator men to a runner-up position at the SEC Championships, their highest SEC finish since 2007, and the women to their eighth straight top-five SEC finish, placing third. The men went on to finish second at the NCAA South Regional Championships, automatically qualifying them for the NCAA Championships.
At the 2011 NCAA Championships, Dumisane Hlaselo finished fourth in the men’s indoor 1-mile and fifth in the 1,500m, while Genevieve LaCaze placed fifth in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase to earn First-Team All-American honors. Cory McGee (women’s 1,500m) claimed second team honors. The men claimed their second straight NCAA Indoor title and finished the outdoor meet third overall, just two points behind NCAA Champion Texas A&M.
Morgan was named the 2010 South Region Indoor Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with Browning, who in addition to her two NCAA titles, won three SEC championships, including the indoor 1-mile, indoor 3,000m and outdoor 1,500m.
He guided the Gator women’s cross country team to one of their best years in program history in 2009, when it won its fourth SEC Championship and placed seventh at the NCAA Championships, its best national cross country finish ever. Rebecca Lowe won the SEC and NCAA South Region titles and earned SEC Female Athlete of the Year and South Region Female Athlete of the Year honors, while Morgan was named the SEC Women’s Coach of the Year as well as the South Region Women’s Coach of the Year.
Before his time in Gainesville, Fla., Morgan was an assistant track and field coach at South Florida, where he coached four NCAA All-Region cross country performers and one, Christa Benton, qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Prior to USF, Morgan coached at Virginia Commonwealth from 2001-04. After serving as interim head coach in 2001-02, he mentored the sprints and jumps athletes, that included Tanika Brown, who won the 2003 NCAA East Regional, ECAC and CAA high jump championship and was named the CAA’s Freshman of the Year.
Morgan began his coaching career at his alma mater, North Carolina, in 2000, working with primarily the cross country teams, sprinters and jumpers.
Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication from North Carolina in 1999. He served as the Tar Heels’ cross country captain in 1997 and 1998 and competed professionally for Nike Athletics America for one year.
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