Mark Morris (ice hockey)

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Mark Morris
Born (1958-03-31) March 31, 1958 (age 57)
Massena, NY, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Defense
Played for New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)
Dallas Black Hawks (CHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1981–1984
Mark Morris
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Florida Panthers
Playing career
1977–1981 Colgate
Position(s) Defenseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985 Union (assistant)
1985–1988 St. Lawrence (assistant)
1988–2002 Clarkson
2003 Vancouver Canucks (assistant)
2003–2004 Saginaw Spirit (assistant)
2004–2006 Northwood School Prep
2006–2014 Manchester Monarchs
2014–present Florida Panthers (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 306-156-42 (.649)
Accomplishments and honors
1991 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champion
1991 ECAC Hockey Tournament Champion
1993 ECAC Hockey Tournament Champion
1995 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champion
1997 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champion
1999 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champion
1999 ECAC Hockey Tournament Champion
2001 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Champion
1991 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year
2001 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year

Mark Morris (born March 31, 1958) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Morris played four seasons (19811984) of professional hockey, mostly with the New Haven Nighthawks of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he scored 9 goals and 33 assists for 42 points, with 146 penalty minutes, in 156 AHL games played.

Following his playing career, Morris turned to coaching and found his way to Clarkson. He became the Golden Knights most successful coach winning more games, regular season titles, tournament titles and reaching more NCAA tournaments than anyone in school history.[1] In November 2002, Morris was fired from his coaching position at Clarkson University following an on-ice incident with one of his own players during a practice.[2]

In professional hockey, Morris began his coaching career under Marc Crawford, serving from February 2003 to April 2003 as the Special Assistant Coach/Interim Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL.

Morris has been in his current position as head coach for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL since the 2006–07 season, and now holds the title for the winningest coach in the Monarchs' history.[3]

College Head Coaching record[4][edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC Hockey) (1988–89–2002-03)
1988-89 Clarkson 16-13-3 13-7-2 4th ECAC Quarterfinals
1989-90 Clarkson 21-11-3 12-7-3 t-3rd ECAC Semifinals
1990-91 Clarkson 29-9-2 15-5-2 1st NCAA Frozen Four
1991-92 Clarkson 22-10-1 16-6-1 t-2nd ECAC Semifinals
1992-93 Clarkson 20-10-5 12-6-4 t-3rd NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1993-94 Clarkson 20-9-5 13-5-4 2nd ECAC Third Place Game (Win)
1994-95 Clarkson 23-10-4 14-5-3 1st NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1995-96 Clarkson 25-10-3 16-4-2 2nd NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1996-97 Clarkson 27-10-0 17-5-0 1st NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1997-98 Clarkson 23-9-3 16-4-2 2nd NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1998-99 Clarkson 25-11-1 18-4-0 1st NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1999-00 Clarkson 17-15-3 9-8-3 t-4th ECAC Four vs. Five
2000-01 Clarkson 21-11-3 15-5-2 1st ECAC Quarterfinals
2001-02 Clarkson 17-15-6 11-6-5 2nd ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
2002-03 Clarkson 0-3-0 † 0-1-0 †
Clarkson: 306-156-42 198-78-34
Total: 306-156-42

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

† Morris Was fired mid-season


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Terry Slater
Don Vaughan
Tim Taylor Award
Succeeded by
Tim Taylor
Mike Schafer