Morrison, a 1995 graduate of Montezuma High School, who played football at Wartburg, brings 18 years of collegiate offensive line coaching experience to his alma mater
Submitted by Wartburg College
Wartburg College head football coach and athletic director Rick Willis announced last week the hiring of Tim Morrison as the team's offensive line coach.
Morrison graduated from Montezuma High School in 1995 and Wartburg College in 1999. He replaces Patrick Toohey, who resigned after 10 seasons at Wartburg this November. Morrison returns to Wartburg with 18 years of collegiate offensive line coaching experience.
"Tim already has played an integral role in the development of our football program as a tough and talented player as well as nine previous seasons on our staff," Willis commented. "We are fortunate to have Tim, with all of his experience and expertise, return to our staff in this role and are excited to welcome him and his family back to Wartburg."
A four-year letter winner for the Knights from 1995-99, Morrison was the starting fullback for three seasons at Wartburg and was voted a team captain his senior year.
Most recently, Morrison served a brief stint starting this summer as the athletic director and head football coach at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School in Clarion, Iowa. He spent the prior ten years at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., as the offensive line and tight ends coach.
"I appreciate Coach Willis giving me the opportunity to return to Wartburg," said Morrison. "I look forward to building continued success on and off the field with the staff and players."
At GVSU, Morrison helped guide the Lakers to a 95-28 overall record, a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championships, and five NCAA Division II Playoff appearances. Under Morrison, 21 Laker offensive lineman earned All-Conference honors, eight earned All-America laurels, and three received the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year award.
Morrison also was Grand Valley's offensive coordinator for five seasons, leading the Lakers to the NCAA DII semifinals in 2013 and 2015, while coaching the 2013 Rimington Award Winner in Matt Armstrong, NCAA Division II's best center in the nation.
Before GVSU, Tim coached at Wartburg for nine seasons from 2001-10, spending his first year as the defensive line coach prior to eight at the helm of the offensive line, and two as the offensive line coordinator in '08 and '09. During his time coaching at his alma mater, the Knights captured four IIAC titles and four NCAA Playoff appearances. 11 Knights received All-Conference accolades as offensive lineman under Morrison along with four All-Region honorees.
After graduation from Wartburg, Morrison began his collegiate coaching career at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., spending time as the running backs, special teams, and inside/outside linebackers coach throughout two seasons.
Wartburg is coming off a 10-2 season in 2019, earning a share of a third consecutive American Rivers Conference title with a 7-1 league record. The Orange & Black went undefeated at Walston-Hoover Stadium and finished the season with a 10-2 mark, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in program history. The 2020 season was postponed due to COVID-19 and is slated to begin in the spring of 2021 with a three-game schedule on March 27 versus Luther College.
Editor’s note: J.O. Parker contributed to this article