just couldn’t stay away from Northern Little League.
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The longtime youth baseball coach had left his position as Northern’s perennial all-star team coach in September after a run to the 2010 ittle League World Series in order to become a community coach at Northside High. He said he originally hoped to stay active coaching a regular-season Northern team but was faced with a difficult choice to make when he learned of a Muscogee County School District rule that prohibits coaching high school sports and club or Little League sports if they do not have a child playing.
“When I saw there was that rule, I just thought about it and realized Little League is where my heart and my passion was,” Morris said. “I wanted to be able to do a bit of both, but I just decided that was the place I wanted to be if I could only do one.”
Morris, who led Northern to a Little League World Series World Championship in 2006, said he left Northside in early March shortly before the start of the Little League season and enjoyed his brief time there.
“Coach (David) Smart and his staff are all outstanding coaches and outstanding people, and they have oustanding kids,” Morris said. “There’s no doubt in my mind they’re a class act, and I was just enjoyed being part of that program for a while.”
This is Morris’ 15th season coaching little league, and he has a World Championship, five state championships and three Southeastern Regional appearances to his credit.