After two decades of being the offensive coordinator at Decatur (AL) high school, Kenny Morson is ready to run his own football program.
Morson, 50, has been hired as the second head football coach at Fayetteville high school.
“We are very pleased to announce Kenny Morson as the head football coach for Fayetteville City beginning with the 2019 season,” Fayetteville City Director of Schools Janine Wilson said.
“Coach Morson has been the offensive coordinator at Decatur (AL) High School for over 20 years and has been an essential part of their very successful program. He will begin working with our boys on a part-time basis immediately and start full-time the end of May. Again, we welcome Coach Morson to our Tiger family and feel fortunate that he chose to come to Fayetteville to lead and mentor our young people.”
He replaces Alvin Palmer who retired after starting the program six seasons ago.
“The chance to double dip with retirement in Alabama and going across the state line into Tennessee and taking over a very similar program in Fayetteville that has a lot of potential is very appealing to me,” Morson said.
“Superintendent Wilson and Principal Jones really made me feel welcome when I came in for the interview and they definitely wanted me here and I’m really looking forward to working with both of them and to build on what Coach Palmer has started at Fayetteville.”
Morson has coached at Decatur for 22 years and has been calling plays for the Red Raiders for the last 21 seasons as Decatur has had success in both Class 5A and 6A going 166-88 and making the playoffs 19 of his 22 seasons.
Before going to Decatur, Morson was an assistant coach at Colbert Heights for three seasons (1994-96).
“The communities are very similar and coming into Fayetteville and seeing and meeting the student body and the demographics of the town make it very similar to Decatur and that made me feel very comfortable,” Morson said.
Fayetteville went 1-9 in 2018 but under Palmer had success as he led the program to 33 wins and four Class 1A playoff appearances (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and in the first varsity season the Tigers made the 1A Quarterfinals.
There are currently 18 programs looking for a head coach they are: Antioch, Bartlett, Bledsoe County, Cleveland, Collierville, East Hamilton, East Hickman, Hillcrest, Hillwood, Lipscomb Academy, Lookout Valley, Melrose, Northeast, Northpoint Christian, Polk County, Stewarts Creek, Tellico Plains and Westview
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