Former Western Illinois and Carroll College men's and women's track and field and cross country coach, Matt Morris, will enter his fourth season as head coach of CSU-Pueblo's women's track and field and cross country programs and third as the men's track and field and cross country coach.
Morris, most recently the head track and field and cross country coach at Carroll College, an NAIA institution in Helena, Mont., helped lead Carroll to three individual national titles in 2013 (Kathleen Mulligan in the triple jump, Easton Padden in the indoor and outdoor pole vault) and a 14th place national finish for the women's squad in the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Championships. His men's squad finished 7th in the 2013 NAIA Indoor Championships, as well.
Carroll's ascension up the ranks to a top NAIA squad was done in just three seasons as the school hired Morris to helm the program as a startup in 2010. Immediately, his squads won a women's cross country conference championship and recorded a women's indoor All-American in Shannon Flynn, and the program went on an upward trajectory since.
At the close of his tenure at Carroll, he had three conference coach of the year awards and four conference titles.
Prior to arriving at Carroll, Morris led the men's and women's cross country teams at Western Illinois University, an NCAA Division I institution in Macomb, Ill., from 2005-10. In his short time at the helm of the Leatherneck teams, his squads have produced three women's all-conference honorees and two male All-Summit League team selections. He led his men's team to the highest regional finish in school history in 2006 and 2008, finishing 21st both seasons. Morris coached numerous conference champions and NCAA national qualifiers during his tenure at Western Illinois, and was named WIU's men's and women's interim track and field coach in December 2009, serving in that role until his appointment at Carroll in July 2010.
Morris is a 1993 graduate of The University of Montana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance. He completed his master's degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science at Western Illinois in 2010.