By Kenneth Miller, Publisher
For the past decade Keith Morris has bled the red colors of the Morningside while his steadfast commitment to the Monarchs never wavered regardless the amount of the stipend.
When he arrived on the campus in 2011 as the track coach, he discovered a couple of years later there was a void required to fill the cross country coaching position and he stepped right in.
Morris served as Teams Coordinator from 2016-2019 and then the girls basketball program that produced Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie and legendary Olympian Tina Thompson was close to extinction before Morris saved it.
The team had only four players at the time, but Morris went out and brought in assistant coaches while recruiting on campus players to the team, many of whom had never played basketball.
Morningside finished with an impressive 13-4 record following the 2021-22 season, losing its final game in Oxnard to Hueneme 44-32 in what appeared to spart a remarkable turnaround for the program.
However, Morris will not see it through because he recently announced he would be resigning in January 2023 from his post as Athletic Director, the last position he held.
“I have decided to go back to school to further my education credentials,” Morris explained.
He endured nine principals and six girls basketball coaches while at Morningside and leaves after being instrumental in securing an Adidas Legacy sponsorship for the school, a grassroots program that provides Morningside with uniforms for its athletic teams, saving the Inglewood Unified School District a substantial cost.
Morris also brought Yosh Nakano Magical GSH as a sponsor, implemented a girls basketball tournament and made a tremendous investment in student equity during his tenure.
A longtime educator, Morris will continue teaching math at Crozier.