Bryan Morgan: Jack of all trades

By Daphne Valen
Sports Editor


Sports Mr. Morgan by Julia Tilden

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ryan Morgan ’07, has already made a considerable impact on the community during his first year back at Mercersburg Academy as a teacher, coach, adviser… and fitness mentor. Before his postgraduate year at the Academy, Morgan was already being recruited as a football player from his high school in Hoover, Alabama by Duke University. Duke knew of Morgan’s interest in its program and gave him the option of a PG year at a prep school. Before he decided on Mercersburg, Morgan almost settled on Salisbury School in Connecticut – until his realization, “Where them girls at?” Duke had a previous connection with Coach Dan Walker, as another post grad, NFL star Vinny Rey ’06, had come through Mercersburg’s football program on the way to Duke. Morgan immediately loved the campus, as it reminded him of a smaller version of Duke. Morgan described his chance to come back to Mercersburg as a music teacher and conductor and assistant football coach, a “no brainer” when offered the position by former Head of School Doug Hale. Nowadays, whenever you walk into the gym, it’s very rare not to see Morgan pumping iron in the fitness center, or assisting other students in their workouts. Morgan’s routine includes heading down to the fitness center anytime from 6 a.m. to the afternoon practice time for his daily Volt Athletics workout. Morgan takes full advantage of Mercersburg’s use of Volt as its primary exercise program. Throughout his routine, he focuses on his footwork, utilizing a ladder; he continues by doing 110-yard strides on the track. He is, of course, often seen weightlifting (Morgan can deadlift 415 pounds) and helping others do so. Asked more specifically about his routine, he referred to staying in shape and his athletic experience and capability this way: “People call me a ‘has-been’, but I’m a ‘has-done’; I’ve already done it.”Morgan uses his expertise to help out other students in any way he can, and has been an excellent (re-)addition to the campus – a great mentor to students on and off the field, in and out of the gym, and on and off the Stagesburg High School to the 2009 West Virginia Class AAA state title as head coach, as the Bulldogs went 34-5, setting the school record for wins in a season.

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