Matt Morris, who has earned the reputation as an outstanding coach and recruiter, has been named the new men's and women's track and field coach at Carroll College, announced Saints' Athletic Director Bruce Parker on Tuesday. Morris, the current men's and women's cross country and interim track and field coach at Western Illinois University will begin his duties at Carroll on July 1.
Morris has led the Western Illinois men's and women's cross country teams since 2005. 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 the Macomb, Ill., school. He was named as the WIU's men's and women's interim track and field coach in December of 2009 and is currently leading his teams into post-season competition.
Morris is no stranger to the track and field ranks in Montana. Following a successful academic and athletic career at the University of Montana, he was hired as a teacher, coach and Development Chairman for Health and Exercise Science at Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula (1996-2005). An outstanding educator, Morris won 11 state titles and 17 divisional crowns in eight seasons as Loyola's cross country and track and field head coach. He was named as the Montana Coaches' Association "Coach of the Year" on 10 occasions and became the first coach in Montana Class B history to win both the boys' and girls' track and field state title in the same year (2005).
Morris also coached the Loyola boys' cross country team to six Class B state titles in seven years as head coach and added three state titles and two consecutive (2003 and 2004) in eight years with the girls' team.
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.
Harry Clark, former University of Houston and Montana State standout just completed his 11th season as a coach with the Montana Grizzlies. He coached the sprints, hurdles, and throws.
Last season Clark’s athletes had a tremendous season. Sophomore Kourtney Danreuther set a school record in the 400 meters with a time of 53.21. She also won the 200 and 400 meters at the Big Sky Conference championships this past spring and ran a leg of the Grizzlies' record setting 4x400-meter relay. The 4x400 relay team broke the school record at the Big Sky Conference championships as well with a time of 3:40.9. This was Clark’s fifth 4x400-meter Big Sky Conference championship relay team.
During his coaching tenure, Clark has had five other Big Sky Conference indoor champions, including four-time champion Loni Perkins-Judisch in the 200 and 400 meters, and seven outdoor champions. Perkins-Judisch was a four-time outdoor champion as well in the 400 meters.
As a collegiate athlete Clark competed at the University of Houston and Montana State University, qualifying four times for the NCAA championships in the decathlon. His highest finish was fourth at the 1989 national meet. Clark also competed at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival, where he had a third-place showing in the decathlon.
Clark still holds the Montana State University record in the decathlon with 7,633 points.
As a prep at Cascade (Mont.) High, Clark was an 11-time state champion in track & field. He still holds the all-time, all-class state record in the triple jump (48-2) and the Class B record in the 110-meter hurdles (14.54) and 300-meter hurdles (38.1).
Clark and his wife, Lori, have two sons, Dexter and Cole.