Hawkeye football coach Reese Morgan announces retirement

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Reese Morgan, an Iowa football assistant coach since 2000, announced his retirement, University of Iowa officials said Wednesday.

Morgan, 68, has coached the defensive line for the past seven year and is stepping down prior to the start of spring practice. He previously coached offensive line and tight ends for the Hawkeyes.

“On behalf of our coaches, players and fans, I want to wish Reese and Jo the best in this well-deserved retirement,” Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz said, in a statement. “Always the professional, Reese’s entire life has been dedicated to education and coaching. I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside him and appreciative of what he has meant to our players, our program, and the University of Iowa.”

Morgan was part of a coaching staff that amassed a 151-91 record during his 19 years. This included two shared Big Ten conference championships in 2002 and 2004, and a Big Ten championship appearance in 2015.

“Coach Ferentz took a chance on me and I have nothing but appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful Hawkeye program – it’s been an amazing experience,” Morgan said, in a statement. “I’ve always felt that we learn as much from our players as they learn from us. They teach us lessons that go beyond football. And when a player arrives lacking a little maturity and confidence but leaves as a young man prepared to tackle life, that’s the real reward for me.”

Morgan, from Lorain, Ohio, joined the Hawkeyes staff after serving as head football coach at Iowa City West for eight years. The Trojans won class 4A state titles in 1995, 1998, and 1999. His teams had a 62-7 record at West, including a 26-game winning streak at the end of his tenure there.

Morgan is a graduate of Wartburg College, and earned a master's degree at the University of Northern Iowa.

He intends to devote more time to his family in retirement.