April 10, 1947 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Moline HS (IL) (assistant)
Augustana (SD) (OC/OL)
North Dakota State (backfield)
North Dakota State
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||8–3 (NCAA D-II playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Don Morton (born April 10, 1947) is a former American football player and coach and currently a software executive. He served as the head football coach at North Dakota State University (1979–1984), the University of Tulsa (1985–1986), and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1987–1989), compiling a career college football record of 76–51. Morton's 1983 North Dakota State team won a NCAA Division II National Football Championship.
Playing career and education
A native of Flint, Michigan, Morton played center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in the late 1960s and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1969. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in education and administration from Western Illinois University in 1974.
Morton began his professional career in 1969 as assistant football and head wrestling coach at Moline High School in Illinois, and served there through 1971. His successes at Moline High earned him his first collegiate position as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1971 to 1976. He then moved on to North Dakota State University as offensive backfield coach from 1977 to 1978 and was named head coach there in 1979.
Nearing the end of his failed stint at Wisconsin, Morton, on his coaches' show, emerged from a coffin to declare that he wasn't dead yet.
A few years after his tenure as head football coach at Wisconsin, Morton returned to North Dakota State as the Assistant to the President and Director of University Relations. He later joined Great Plains Software as chief of staff for CEO Doug Burgum. Morton became an employee of Microsoft Corporation through the acquisition of Great Plains in 2001. Morton is the site leader for the Microsoft campus in Fargo, North Dakota.
Head coaching record
|North Dakota State Bison (North Central Conference) (1979–1984)|
|1979||North Dakota State||6–4||4–2||T–2nd|
|1980||North Dakota State||6–4||5–2||T–2nd|
|1981||North Dakota State||10–3||7–0||1st||L NCAA Division II Championship|
|1982||North Dakota State||12–1||7–0||1st||L NCAA Division II Semifinal|
|1983||North Dakota State||12–1||8–1||T–1st||W NCAA Division II Championship|
|1984||North Dakota State||11–2||8–1||T–1st||L NCAA Division II Championship|
|North Dakota State:||57–15||39–6|
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Missouri Valley Conference) (1985)|
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1986)|
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1987–1989)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|