March 27, 2012
Coach Morrison Interview
CINCINNATI – Shannon Morrison, a 16-year coaching veteran who has been a defensive coordinator at five different schools, was named to the University of Cincinnati football staff as defensive backs coach, head coach Butch Jones announced Tuesday.
Morrison joined the Bearcats prior to the opening of spring football following a short stint as the defensive coordinator at the College of Holy Cross. Prior to his time with the Crusaders, Morrison spent two seasons coaching the cornerbacks at the University of Memphis.
“We are very excited to welcome Shannon, his wife Michelle their daughter Miya to our football family,” Jones said. “Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our football staff. In addition to his knowledge, he is known as an effective communicator who has the knack for getting the most out of his players. He has also established himself as a top recruiter along the various stops throughout his career.”
Morrison has served as the defensive coordinator at five different schools, including Holy Cross (2012), Bowling Green (2009), Lehigh (2004), Southeast Missouri State (2001-2003) and Hampden-Sydney (1998-1999).
While at Bowling Green in 2009, Morrison was the co-defensive coordinator and coached the safeties. BGSU ranked first in the Mid-American Conference in pass defense, allowing just 204 yards a game. In 2009 alone his pass defense allowed less than 200 yards on six different occasions.
Prior to the 2009 campaign, Morrison spent four seasons (2005-08) at his alma mater, Marshall, where he coached linebackers (2005-06) and safeties (2007-08).
Morrison was a four-time letterwinner at Marshall and was an All-Southern Conference and honorable mention All-America selection for the Herd in 1994. During his Marshall career, he intercepted 11 passes and is still sixth on the Thundering Herd's all-time interceptions list. He also helped Marshall to its first-ever national title in 1992.
The Oak Hill, W.Va., native graduated from Marshall in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Before joining the Thundering Herd staff, Morrison had coaching stops at Lehigh (defensive coordinator, 2004), Southeast Missouri State (defensive coordinator, 2001-03), Hampden-Sydney (defensive coordinator, 1998-1999), Marshall (graduate assistant, 1995, 1997) and Sam Houston State (outside linebackers, 1996).
Morrison and his wife Michelle have one daughter, Miya.