Morgan Hout

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Morgan Hout
Sport(s) Football
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984-1988 Liberty
Head coaching record
Overall 20-29-1
Accomplishments and honors
1988 Virginia Division I Coach of the Year

Morgan Hout is an American football coach best known for his stint as head coach of Liberty University in the 1980s. A graduate of Tennessee Temple University, Hout has coached for over 35 years on the collegiate and prep levels.

Coaching career[edit]

Morgan Hout began his college coaching career working for three years as an unpaid assistant for legendary head coach Jerry Claiborne at the University of Maryland. After a total of six years at Maryland, Hout spent several years as an assistant coach at University of Richmond.

In 1984, he was offered the head coaching job at then Division II Liberty University. He hired strength and conditioning coach Dave Williams from Texas A&M and directed the transition of the program to the Division I-AA level. He coached a number of players who went on to NFL including Fred Banks, Kelvin Edwards and pro bowlers Eric Green and Wayne Haddix.

In 1988, Hout posted his best ever record of 8-3, with all three losses by a combined total of five points. As a result of this breakthrough season, Hout was named Virginia Division I Coach of the Year. However, in a move that was widely questioned and criticized, Hout was "promoted" to assistant athletic director to make room for former NFL head coach Sam Rutigliano. Hout declined the "promotion" and instead accepted a position at Baylor.[1] Considering the success the Flames were enjoying on the field, Hout's removal caused a bit of controversy at the school.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN[3]#
Liberty Flames (Independent) (1984–1988)
1984 Liberty 5-6
1985 Liberty 3-4-1
1986 Liberty 1-9
1987 Liberty 3-7
1988 Liberty 8-3
Liberty: 20-29-1
Total: 20-29-1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "New York Times on Coaching Change - December 21, 1988". The New York Times. 1988-12-21. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Barry (1989-03-21). "New York Times: Building From the Ground Up; Falwell Sees Liberty as an Athletic Powerhouse - March 11, 1989". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ Final poll standings are from The Sports Network.

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