New Football Coaching Staff Gelling Together During Spring Practice
CLARKSDALE — Coahoma Community College’s new head football Coach Karl Morgan has solidified his coaching staff and the group has been busy in recent weeks during spring practices evaluating the talent currently on the CCC roster, and gauging what the next steps will be to add to that talent and move towards building a competitive program at the college.
Morgan was officially announced as Coahoma’s new football coach on Jan. 27th and replaced Freeman Horton who spent 12 years as the Tigers head coach and earned 35 wins during that time. Morgan is a former UCLA Bruins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman and NFL defensive tackle with 20-plus years of coaching experience — most recently as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State.
“I think we have a good mix of youth and experience — everyone is working well together and I think we’re off to a really good start,” said Morgan who will also act as the team’s defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. “We have some challenges ahead. We are going to have to add some depth in a few areas, especially the offensive line and at linebacker. But I think we’ve put together a good staff that can get that job done.
“We have no selfish individuals and no ego-driven coaches. Each one of them brings something to the table whether it’s recruiting, a high-level of energy or technical expertise, they each have something to offer.”
William Kirksey, linebacker’s coach and recruiting coordinator: Coach Kirksey has been with Coahoma Community College for the last 13 years as the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. Before coming to CCC, he spent four years as the defensive line coach at Northwest Community College.
Before becoming a coach, Kirksey played his collegiate football at Southern Mississippi earning a nod on the All-Independence team at linebacker before the Eagles joined Conference USA. During his senior season he was the team’s captain and Defensive MVP.
After being undrafted out of college, Kirksey earned an NFL roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings (1990-92) and continued his career with the Falcons for one season and the Kansas City Chiefs for a year-and-a-half before a career-ending injury forced him out of the game. Kirksey also had a stint with the London Monarchs.
Chris Mattox, defensive backs: Coach Mattox will return for his second season with Coahoma Community College coaching in the defensive secondary. Before coming to CCC, he spent two years working in defensive quality control with Hinds Community College.
Prior to coming to Mississippi, Mattox was the Director of Football Operations at the United States Merchant marine Academy (2010) and began his coaching career in 2009 as an offensive intern with Liu-Post — a Division II football program in Long Island, NY.
Cedric Shell, offensive coordinator: Coach Shell began his coaching career in 2005 at McPherson College (McPherson, KS) as the wide receiver and tight end coach and video coordinator. He spent the next five seasons at McPherson coaching defensive backs, wide receivers and running backs.
In 2012, Shell took a position with Graceland University (Lamoni, IA) as the wide receiver’s coach and special teams coordinator where he stayed through the 2013-14 season before coming to Coahoma.
Devario Dorsey, offensive line: Coach Dorsey played college football for East Mississippi Community College (2005-06) where he earned 2nd Team All-Region honors and voted to play in the MACJC All-Star Game. He would continue his career at West Texas A&M University earning 2nd Team Lone Star Conference honors and receiving a spot in the Cactus Bowl — the Division II All-Star Game.
Dorsey stayed on at West Texas A&M as a graduate assistant (2009-11) working with the offensive line and tight ends. He then transferred to Southern Arkansas University as a graduate assistant coaching running backs and earning his master’s degree in Coaching and Kinesiology.
He spent the 2013-14 season at Mississippi Delta Community College as the Trojans offensive line coach before accepting the position at Coahoma.
Jason Morgan, wide receivers and kicking: Jason played collegiate football at Hampton University (2003-06) and the University of North Alabama (2007-08) as a wide receiver for the Pirates and the Lions. While playing football, Jason also earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Coaching and his master’s degree in Health and Physical Education.
His coaching career began in 2008 as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay State University. Jason went on to work at the University of Louisville (Defensive Quality Control 2009), Mississippi Valley State University (defensive backs and video coordinator 2010-11), and as an offensive coach at the University of Akron (2012-13).
The staff will continue to work this spring and into the summer on recruiting and trying to bring some diamonds in rough to Coahoma for the 2014 season.
“Recruiting is going to be ongoing, and we will continue until we are unable to recruit any more,” said Morgan. “So far, I think the attitudes of our players have been really good, and they have been very receptive to what we are trying to do. I think with a few more additions at some key spots, and with the coaching staff that we’ve put together, that we will be a competitive football team next fall.”