Chad Morris

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Chad Morris
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team SMU
Conference The American
Record 7–17
Annual salary $2 million
Biographical details
Born (1968-12-04) December 4, 1968 (age 48)
Edgewood, Texas
Alma mater Texas A&M University ('92)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1997 Eustace HS (TX)
1998–1999 Elysian Fields HS (TX)
2000–2002 Bay City HS (TX)
2004–2007 Stephenville HS (TX)
2008–2009 Lake Travis HS (TX)
2010 Tulsa (AHC/OC/QB)
2011–2014 Clemson (OC/QB)
2015–present SMU
Head coaching record
Overall 7–17 (college)
169–38 (high school)

Chad Morris (born December 4, 1968) is an American football coach. He is currently the head football coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU), a position he has held since 2014.

Coaching career[edit]

Prior to his collegiate coaching career, he was a high school head coach in Texas for 16 seasons compiling a 169–38 record. Most recently he was the head coach of the Lake Travis High School football team from 2008 to 2009. He coached the team, starring quarterback Garrett Gilbert, to back-to-back 16–0, state title seasons.[1] In December 2011, Morris became tied with Gus Malzahn as the highest paid assistant in college football after Clemson University gave Morris a six-year contract worth $1.3 million annually.[2] Malzahn is no longer an assistant, as he was hired as the head coach at Arkansas State University[3] and is currently the head coach at Auburn University.[4]

In December 2012, Morris interviewed for the Texas Tech head coaching vacancy, which had been created by the departure of Tommy Tuberville for Cincinnati.[5][6] However, the job would be filled by Texas A&M offensive coordinator, and Texas Tech alumnus, Kliff Kingsbury.[7]

Morris' first two classes of recruits at SMU were all from Texas high schools, making SMU the only school in the country with all-Texas recruiting classes during that time.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Morris went to Edgewood High School in Edgewood, Texas where he was the quarterback of the Bulldogs. He attended Texas A&M University and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics in 1992. He and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2015–present)
2015 SMU 2–10 1–7 T–5th (Western)
2016 SMU 5–7 3–5 5th (Western)
SMU: 7–17 4–12
Total: 7–17
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ Chad Morris. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Sawchik, Travis. Morris' new contract marks increased football commitment. December 8, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Charles. Gus Malzahn leaving Auburn to become head coach at Arkansas State. December 13, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Hinnen, Jerry. "Gus Malzahn named Auburn's new head coach". Eye on College Football. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ Patterson, Chip. "Texas Tech interviews Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris". Eye on College Football. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Texas Tech closing in on new coach". Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Schad, Joe. "Texas Tech hires Kliff Kingsbury". Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
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