Morgan Named Assistant Soccer Coach
BOULDER - University of Colorado head soccer coach Danny Sanchez announced the hiring of Dave Morgan as assistant coach on Monday. Morgan will also serve as the Buffaloes' recruiting coordinator.
Morgan joins the Buffs' staff after spending the last 13 seasons as an assistant with the Metro State Roadrunners women's soccer team. His career at Metro State began in 2002, the same year Sanchez became Metro's head coach. The duo spent six seasons together.
"We're very excited that we're able to add Dave to our staff," said Sanchez. "I worked with Dave at Metro State. Dave's experience running the ECNL program with the Colorado Storm and his connections, not only regionally, but nationally in the club soccer scene will be a big boost to our program. He has produced some of the country's top young talent and teams over the past 20 years. We're excited to get to work and I know everyone involved with CU soccer will enjoy getting to know Dave."
During Morgan's tenure with the Roadrunners, he helped the program win two national championships, eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular season championships and helped guide the team to an impressive 12 Division II NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 years.
"I'm very excited to be coming to the University of Colorado to work with Danny again," said Morgan. "We were together at Metro State in the early years and had a good run. I am just very excited to create some great soccer memories here, working with the Buffs."
It will be Morgan's first stint coaching at the Division I level and he says he is ready for the challenge it presents, being part of the Pac-12 Conference and arguably the most competitive conference in women's collegiate soccer.
"I'm looking forward to coaching in the Pac-12," Morgan said. "I have been following the team the last couple years and the success they've had- back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, and I am looking forward to helping take this program to the next level."
In addition to coaching collegiately, the Colorado native has extensive experience at the club level, where he currently serves as the College Advisory Program Director and ECNL Director for the Colorado Storm Soccer Association, and has been the Director of Coaching U15-U18 Girls since 2006.
Prior to joining the Storm, Morgan coached for the Colorado Xtreme Soccer Club where he won five state championships and served as a coach on the U.S. Soccer Federation's Region IV Olympic Development Program staff for 10 years.
Before his days in coaching got underway, Morgan earned multiple honors playing at the high school and collegiate levels, and played on several club teams. He was a member of the Northglenn High School varsity soccer team from 1980-83 and then played four years (1983-87) at Metro State. As a student-athlete for the Roadrunners, Morgan was named a two-time NCAA/NAIA All-Star Selection in 1986-87 and a NAIA All-American in 1986. He won three straight State Championships from 1987-89 with the Colorado Comets U23 Men's team before spending two seasons with the Colorado Comets Amateur Soccer Club. Beginning in 1988, he played semi-professionally with the SISL/USISL Colorado Comets Soccer Club where he earned a spot on the USISL All-Star Team twice.
Morgan is a Metro State graduate with a degree in sports club administration. He has also earned an Advanced National Diploma, National Diploma and Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) and holds a USSF "C" license as well as an ACEP Leader Level Certificate.