Kathy Morris begins her 25th season as head coach of the Adrian College women’s basketball team with the 2016-17 edition of the Bulldogs. She is the all-time wins leader in team history (253), passing Nancy Walsh on Dec. 8, 2012, in a win over Kalamazoo (73-62). Morris is also the longest-tenured women’s basketball coach in school history.
Morris has guided the Bulldogs to four seasons of 15 wins or more (1992, 1997, 1999, 2002) and four appearances in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament semifinals. She also has posted six winning seasons and has won double-digits in seven of the last nine campaigns. The Bulldogs have also finished in the top four of the MIAA nine times. The 2013-14 squad posted a 9-7 record in the MIAA which was the first winning season in conference play since the 2001-02 season.
One of Morris’ most successful campaigns came in 2001-02, when the Bulldogs finished third in the conference (9-5) with a 17-10 overall record. In the 2002 MIAA Tournament, Adrian defeated Saint Mary’s in the opening round before falling to Kalamazoo in the semifinals. Morris coached a first-team All MIAA pick (RaSheida Edwards), a second-team MIAA player (Sarah Vincke) and two honorable mentions (Lisa Butts, Annie Morton).
In all, Morris has coached 12 All-MIAA First Team standouts in her tenure, including two MIAA scoring champions in Tricia Clark (1997) and Ann Terpstra (1998). She has also coached four 1,000-point scorers (Vincke, Terpstra, Renae Huyck, Anita Stamps). Vincke is second on Adrian’s career points list with 1,486. During the 2015-16 campaign, guard Antoinea McElroy joined that all-conference list as a senior, becoming the first Bulldog ever to be selected for the D3hoops.com/Scoutware Team of the Week.
Morris is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM). She was a regional NCAA committee member from 2000-03.
Before coming to Adrian, Morris served as an assistant basketball coach and head soccer coach at her alma mater, Muskingum College, from 1989-92. In 1991, Muskingum advanced to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship title game before falling to St. Thomas (Minn.). The following season, the Muskies advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
A 1989 graduate of Muskingum, Morris played four seasons on the women’s basketball team, serving as a captain during her junior and senior years. During her senior season, the Muskies finished 29-2 and were the first team in Ohio Athletic Conference history to go through the regular season and conference tournament undefeated.
Muskingum advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Elizabethtown (Pa.). Morris graduated third on Muskingum’s all-time scoring list with 1,560 points. She was inducted into the Muskingum College Hall of Fame in October 2000.
Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, physical education and secondary education. She also received a Master of Science degree in physical education, health and sports science at Ohio University in 1992.
She lives in Adrian with her husband Charlie and three daughters, Ashley, Lindsey and Abigail.