Todd Morgan is in his fifth season at Florida and his third as the primary coach of the cross country teams. He works with the distance runners (800m and above) on the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Morgan has directed the women’s cross country team to back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships in 2009 and 2010, and coached star pupil Charlotte Browning to NCAA individual championships in the indoor mile and the outdoor 1,500m run last season.
The success continued during the 2010 track seasons as the men’s team won the program’s first indoor national title and placed second at the outdoor competition and the women’s team won the SEC indoor title while finishing fourth at the indoor national championships and third outdoors. Morgan coached two women to four All-America honors. He mentored Browning to two individual national titles (indoor mile, outdoor 1,500m) as she earned three SEC individual titles (indoor mile, indoor 3,000m and outdoor 1,500m). For his work, Morgan was named South Region Indoor Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Morgan coached the 2009 cross country women to one of the best in the program’s history as the Gators captured their fourth SEC title and third NCAA South Region title. They placed seventh overall in the NCAA Championships, the best finish in UF women’s history and two runner earned All-America accolades for the first time since 1995. Overall, the 2009 women finished in the top five in six of the seven meets and in the top 10 in every meet. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the Mountain Dew Invitational at the UF Golf Course for the fifth consecutive year. The men’s team placed fourth at the SEC Championships and fifth at the NCAA South Regionals.
The second-year cross country coach led five women and one man to All-SEC honors and one female runner earned SEC All-Freshman accolades. Six women and two men ran to All-South Region honors as well. Redshirt sophomore Rebecca Lowe won the SEC and South Region titles, the first individual firsts for the women’s team since 1996 and 1997, respectively. She earned SEC Female Athlete of the Year and South Region Female Athlete of the Year, while Morgan was named SEC Women’s Coach of the Year and South Regional Women’s Coach of the Year.
In his first season at the helm, Morgan led the men’s and women’s cross country teams to a combined 10 top-six finishes. The women made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship, finishing 17th overall. They also took second at the NCAA South Regional and Southeastern Conference Championships. The men finished fourth at both.
Morgan coached six All-South Region selections, five All-SEC selections, including Freshman of the Year Genevieve LaCaze, and two SEC All-Freshman team members in 2008. Under his tutelage, Jeremy Criscione became the first Gator to earn All-America honors since 1991 with his 20th-place individual finish at the national championship.
During the 2009 track and field season, Morgan’s runners earned five All-America accolades. Carlos Phillips captured the honor for the indoor and outdoor 800m events, as well as the 4x400 relay with LaMarr Davis, and Browning earned it for the indoor mile event. Three distance runners of the women’s side earned All-SEC accolades as the women’s team took the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championship title. Morgan’s runners (800m and up) tallied 52 of the team’s 135.5 first-place total. The men earned the top spot at the outdoor east regional and tied for the second at the NCAA Championships. In all, Morgan coached nine regional qualifiers, including Phillips’s second-place finish at the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championships.
In 2008, Morgan coached four All-Americans and six regional qualifiers on the track and field team. He also helped Phillips win the 2008 NCAA East Regional Championship and set a new record with an 800m time of 1:46.7, a time he topped in 2009. Phillips went on to win the bronze at the 2008 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Championship in Mexico.
Morgan also coached Phillips and Shane Stroup, Florida’s 1,500m record holder, in the Olympic Trials in 2007. On the cross country side, he assisted the Gators to second-place (men) and fourth-place (women) finishes at the SEC Championships. The women earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and placed 11th, the then-highest finish Florida women had ever achieved.
In his first season with the Gators, Morgan helped lead the Gator men and women cross country teams to the NCAA Championships in the same season for the first time in program history. The men took 22nd and the women 26th.
Morgan came to Florida from USF, where he was an assistant track and field coach, focusing primarily on distance athletes. In his two seasons, Morgan coached 16 All-Conference performers in track and cross country. He worked with four NCAA All-Region Cross Country performers and in 2004, Christa Benton qualified for the NCAA Championship and finished 43rd overall.
Before USF, Morgan coach at Virginia Commonwealth from 2001 to 2004. While working with the Rams, Morgan coached 36 athletes to school records. In the 2001-02 season, Morgan served as the interim head coach. When a full-time head coach was hired in 2002, Morgan continued to serve as an assistant coach at VCU, working with sprints and jumps. He coached Tanika Brown, the 2003 NCAA East Regional, ECAC and Colonial Athletic Association High Jump Champion. Brown was also named the CAA's Freshman of the Year under Morgan's tutelage. In addition to Brown, eight additional Morgan-coached athletes qualified for the East Regional and two moved on to the NCAA Championships.
Morgan began his coaching career at North Carolina in 2000. He worked primarily with the men's and women's cross country team, sprints and jumps. The Tar Heel women's cross country team finished 12th at the 2000 NCAA Championship, which included a top individual finish of fourth by Shalane Flanagan.
Morgan graduated from North Carolina with degrees in political science and communications in May of 1999. He served as the captain of the Tarheel cross country team in 1997 and 1998. As a senior, Morgan turned in a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 5,000m on the track. Upon his graduation, Morgan competed for Nike Athletics America for a year.
Morgan and his wife Christy reside in Gainesville.
The Todd Morgan File
Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications, University of North Carolina, 1999
1996-1999: University of North Carolina; team captain 1997-98
1999-2000: Nike Athletics America
2000-2001: University of North Carolina, Assistant Coach; cross country, sprints and jumps
2001-2004: Virginia Commonwealth, Assistant Coach; sprints and jumps
2004-2006: University of South Florida, Assistant Coach; distance
2006-present: University of Florida, Assistant Coach; cross country and distance