Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn has announced that current women's tennis coach Mike Morgan will serve as the interim men's and women's squash coach for the 2014-15 season. Morgan replaces seven-year head coach John Illig, who passed away unexpectedly this summer. A search for a full-time coach will begin early in the spring of 2015.
"I am pleased to announce that Mike has agreed to serve as the interim coach for the 2014-2015 season," said Quinn. "He has the experience of having been the head women's squash coach at Middlebury, and has worked closely with the men's and women's teams in recent years with their fitness programs. Mike brings excellent experience as a squash coach, and he is an outstanding leader and team-builder."
Morgan served as the women's squash coach at Middlebury during his first year on the staff in 2006-07. The team finished with a 12-7 mark that year, finishing 15th nationally.
"I am incredibly humbled and honored to help in this tough transition time for the squash programs," said Morgan. "No one will ever be able to replace all that John brought to these programs. I hope I can help in the smallest ways by paying forward some of the love for teaching, sportsmanship, and his love for the outdoors that John brought every single day to his teams."
Morgan is now in his ninth season at the helm of the women's tennis program at Middlebury. His teams are a combined 98-51 during his first eight seasons, with the 2007 and 2013 squads advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Seven of his eight teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament, with the 2009-12 and 2014 squads falling in the regional finals. Following the 2008 season, Morgan was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year. Morgan was again honored in 2012, being named the ITA National Coach of the Year. In the spring of 2013, Middlebury's Lok Sze Leung won the NCAA singles title.
Morgan came to Middlebury from NESCAC member Colby, where he served as the men's and women's head tennis coach for three seasons. He also has extensive experience on the squash courts, having worked with both the Colby men's and women's programs as an assistant.
While at Colby, he was responsible for the creation of the Central Maine Tennis Association, a nonprofit organization designed to promote the game of tennis in the greater Waterville, Maine area. His teams were involved in the local school systems, and he twice had a player win the school's highest leadership award among student athletes.
Morgan previously coached at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in California, where he led the men's tennis team to an 8-0 record and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. His team rose to a number nine ranking in 2002-03, with a doubles team capturing a national title in 2001-02. Morgan led the Stags to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years at the school.
Prior to arriving at Claremont, Morgan was an assistant men's tennis coach at Notre Dame from 1997-2000 and the College of William and Mary in 1996-97. He was the 2000 ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year at Notre Dame.
Morgan is a 1996 graduate of St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, where he was a scholarship tennis player.