GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Jason Morris has been named the new assistant women's volleyball coach at Tusculum University, announced TU head coach Danielle Marante. Marante reunites with Morris, who spent the last three seasons as a volunteer assistant at Marshall University.
Morris, a native of Ocala, Florida, graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at the College of Central Florida and went on to become a sheriff's deputy. While enrolled in the Academy, he began playing competitive beach volleyball, winning several tournaments around the state.
After a few years in law enforcement, Morris began coaching volleyball full-time. He started his coaching career at Vanguard High School (2009-16) and was one of the four founding members of the Ocala Power Volleyball Academy. In his eight seasons at the Ocala school, he coached a final four team (2010), back-to-back state championship teams (2012 & 2013), and two runner-up squads (2014 & 2016). Morris was tabbed the 2013 Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year and the 2016 AVCA District Coach of the Year.
"Jason brings a winning tradition to our program," said Marante. "He is successful anywhere he coaches, from Florida to West Virginia, with multiple state and national titles under his belt. His motivational style of hard work and grit brings out the best in every player he coaches. I know our team will greatly benefit from having Jason as an integral part of our staff, as well as our volleyball program overall, at Tusculum."
While at Ocala Power, a number of his teams qualified for USA Volleyball nationals with the 2013 and 2018 squads winning the championship. Morris won six USAV national qualifiers as a coach, including the JVA World Championship in 18's Premier Division in 2018 and the 2019 Music City Qualifier in Nashville. His 2012 AAU team won the national championship.
"I am very thankful and excited for this opportunity," said Morris. "I am looking forward to working with Coach Marante and transforming this program. We are here to change the culture and compete for championships. I am also excited to work with this talented group of young ladies and watch the team chemistry develop through lots of hard work."
Following many successful high school and AAU seasons, Morris joined the staff at Marshall. From 2017-19, he helped mentor two All-Conference USA performers.