Mids record six first-place performances
A combined 8 events wins tallied by freshmen today
11 to compete at meet, 13 qualified
Fifth-straight sweep of titles
Mids win 29 of 32 events
Women's swimming vs. Johns Hopkins and Towson (Jan. 25, 2017). Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Women's swimming & diving vs. Army. Dec. 10, 2015. Photos by Phil Hoffmann.
Women's swimming & diving vs. east Carolina and Old Dominion, Oct. 10, 2015.
Women's swimming & diving vs. Johns Hopkins, Jan. 25, 2012 (Photos by Phil Hoffmann)
Morrison and the Mids have tallied a record of 94-19 –– which includes two undefeated seasons –– with seven first-place and three second-place showings at the Patriot League Championship over the last decade. In all, Morrison has guided the Mids to a 110-29 record and either first (seven) or second-place finishes at the Patriot League meet 11 times in his 12 seasons. He has been tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year six times and as the ECAC Coach of the Year three times.
Navy has compiled a 17-4 record over the last two seasons –– with those losses coming to Georgia Tech, North Carolina (two) and Penn State –– defeated Army West Point for the 26th and 27th-straight times, respectively, won a pair of Patriot League Championships and placed second both years at the ECAC Championship. Mids have won 27 of the 36 swimming events at the last two Patriot League meets to help them run their streak of consecutive league crowns won to five in a row.
The Mids compiled a 5-4 record during the 2013-14 regular season, with three of their losses coming to nationally-ranked teams Virginia, Penn State and North Carolina. In addition to winning the Patriot League crown, Navy also won the ECAC Championship Meet.
One year prior (2012-13), Navy posted a 7-3 record during the regular season on its way to winning the Patriot League title. The team suffered its lone losses to North Carolina, Virginia and Penn State, teams that went on to place 12th, 18th and 29th, respectively, at the NCAA Championship.
The 2012-13 season came one year after the Mids scored a league-record 933.5 points to win the program’s 10th Patriot League title in 2012, won its first ECAC championship and qualified a trio of Mids for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
The 2009-10 season was a record-breaking campaign for the Mids. After posting a 10-1 record during the regular season, with Navy’s lone loss coming to No. 11 Virginia, the Mids totaled 14 event victories on their way to winning the Patriot League title for the first time in three years. Additionally, 2010 graduates Tara Chapmon and Thuy-Mi Dinh made their second and third, respectively, appearances at the NCAA Championship in 2010.
Navy also posted the program’s first undefeated season during the 2008-09 campaign, part of a winning streak that would span to 25 meets before the aforementioned loss to the Cavaliers in the 2009-10 season.
Individually, a Navy swimmer has earned at least a share of nine league swimmer-of-the-year accolades during Morrison’s 12 years, while the Mids have won a league-best 113 swimming event titles at the Patriot League Championship –– the remainder of the league has won 106 event titles –– under his guidance.
The program also has made strides at national events during Morrison’s tenure. Navy swimmers are regular participants in U.S. Swimming meets such as the USA Short Course National Championship, ConocoPhillips National Championship and the World Championship Trials. The 2008 season saw Dinh become the first women’s swimmer in Patriot League history to attain an ‘A’ cut qualifying time for the NCAA Championship, then she and Chapmon advanced to the national meet in both 2009 and ‘10. Laura Gorinski competed in a trio of individual events at the NCAA Championship when she did so in the 2012 edition of the meet. Lauren Barber became the first freshman women’s swimmer in school and league history to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championship when she was invited to compete at the 2016 edition of the national meet.
The Mids also have been well represented at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials during the Morrison era. Most recently, Barber, Ellen Bradford, Dinh, Kenzie Margroum and Charlotte Meyer all competed for the 2016 selection meet.
In addition to the team’s success in the water, the program under Morrison has been regularly recognized as an Academic All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and has accounted for 112 placings on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll over the last 12 seasons. These recipients include Kelly Zahalka, Gorinski and Bradford, all of whom have not only been selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for their sport, but also earned Academic All-America accolades.
Morrison’s hiring in 2004 returned him to The Yard where he served as an assistant coach to Dick Purdy for four seasons beginning in the fall of 1993. The Purdy-Morrison duo coached the Mids to a 33-14 record and to league titles during each of its four years together.
After leaving Navy following the 1996-97 school year, Morrison served as a volunteer assistant men’s coach at Tennessee during the 1997-98 season in which the Volunteers placed fourth at the NCAA Championship, followed by one year as an assistant at Rutgers. After serving as the head coach and aquatics director at the Ocean County YMCA in his hometown of Toms River, N.J., for two years starting in 1999, he was named as the head swimming coach at Lehigh in 2001. Morrison coached the program to a combined 31-27 record during his three seasons there, a period highlighted by the men’s team winning the 2002 Patriot League title.
A successful athlete in his own right, Morrison earned four letters in swimming and in golf while a student-athlete at Toms River High School and was selected as a member of the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in the spring of 2004. He would go on to earn four letters in swimming at North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels win a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference titles in the process.
Morrison would enter the coaching ranks in 1991 as an assistant swimming coach at Washington & Lee where he helped coach four NCAA Division III All-Americans. He also assisted with the school’s 1992 water polo team that won the Division III Eastern Championship and served as the interim golf coach.
Morrison and his wife, Amy, have a 17-year-old son, John, and a 13-year-old daughter, Avery Grace.