Morgan Tapped as Coahoma’s New Football Coach
CLARKSDALE — On Monday afternoon during a press conference held in the Vivian M. Presley Administration Building, Coahoma Community College announced that their next football coach would be former UCLA Bruins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Karl Morgan. The former NFL defensive tackle has 20-plus years of coaching experience, most recently as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State.
Morgan will take the reins from Coach Freeman Horton, who had led the program since 2001.
“One thing I can promise you, I will give you 100 percent every day that I am here,” Morgan told the crowd of alumni, media and community members present. “I was excited about the motivation to win here, I could feel that everyone here is serious about turning this program around and I’m glad to be able to be a part of that.”
Coach Morgan spent three years with the Delta Devils program. Before coaching at Valley, he spent five years as the defensive coordinator at the University of North Alabama during which his teams were an impressive 55-10 that included a Gulf South Conference Championship and five NCAA Division II playoff berths.
“We are elated to have someone of Coach Morgan’s stature here at Coahoma, and we are excited to usher in a new era that begins with him,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “This new era is going to be known as the ‘WWW’ era, which stands for ‘We Will Win’.”
Morgan’s best season at MVSU was in 2012 when the Delta Devils finished 5-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The new Tigers head coach has also had coaching stints at Nicholls State, Southern University, Purdue and Arkansas State. He served as the defensive coordinator at Alcorn State in 2001 and at Hampton from 2002-04.
While at North Alabama as its defensive coordinator, Morgan worked under Coach Terry Bowden.
Morgan will be tasked with turning around a Tigers program that finished with just one win in 2013 while playing in arguably the toughest junior college conference in the country. The MACJC boasted three teams in the National Top 10 at season’s end — including National Champion East Mississippi. Five MACJC teams finished in the Top 20.
“There are four steps to winning, first you lose big, then you lose by a little, then you win by a little, and then you win big,” Morgan told his supporters. “That’s what we are going to do, start progressing forward. I am not going to make huge promises, I am just going to promise that you will have my best each and every day.”