SMU Coach Chad Morris: Make the Most of HS Experience

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

Chad Morris took over as head coach at Southern Methodist University in 2014 after spending five seasons as an offensive coordinator on the collegiate level and 16 seasons as a Texas high school coach. He won back-to-back undefeated state championships with Lake Travis (2008-09) in his final two seasons as a prep coach.

Grass Isn’t Always Greener

Some coaches think of high school football as a stepping-stone to a bigger job – either at the college or professional level. Morris implores high school coaches who are looking to make the jump to the next level to be careful what you wish for.

“Once you get into the business, it’s hard,” Morris said. “It’s different than high school. The time commitments and constraints … Everybody sees that Saturday afternoon when you’re in front of 85,000 people. They think that’s the life of a college coach. That’s 12 times a year. They don’t see the long hours and the demands that are placed upon us.”

Most high school coaches that make the jump to college will spend several years working behind the scenes as support staff – either recruiting or breaking down film.

“It’s a great profession, don’t get me wrong,” Morris said. “But you have to be in it for the right reasons. You can’t be in it for the money. People want to get in it because they see what they’re paying coaches these days. If that happens, great. If not, then you got in it for the wrong reasons.”

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