AUSTIN (KXAN) — SMU head coach Chad Morris was back in Lake Travis Thursday hosting a satellite camp for Austin-area high school football players.
The camp allows Mustang coaches to evaluate high schoolers in person, without requiring them to travel to the Dallas campus. In turn, the athletes are able to get face-time and coaching with division one coaches.
Morris coached at Lake Travis from 2008-2009, going 32-0 and leading The Cavaliers to two straight state championships. In 2010, he became the offensive coordinator at Tulsa, before heading to Clemson from 2011-14 before taking his first college head coaching job with SMU.
His two-year run with LT capped a 16-year run as a high school head coach, which, despite coaching in college, is how he still identifies himself.
“I’m a Texas high school football coach, and I take great pride in that,” Morris said. “This is an unbelievable fraternity. Being a part of this fraternity for as long as I have been, knowing that taking over a program at SMU, coming from Clemson, I knew it was gonna take the high school coaches to help rally with me and with our staff. And with our connections here, it’s really been phenomenal to watch how we’ve signed all Texas high school kids the last two years. We’re the only division one program in the state to lay that claim.”
In his first year with the ponies, Morris went 2-10. They open the 2016 season against North Texas.