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A Lipscomb graduate himself, men’s soccer head coach Charles Morrow has been a long-time stalwart around the Nashville soccer scene, first as a player during the Bison’s NAIA days and now as a coach on the Division I level. He enters his eigth season as the head coach of the Lipscomb Bisons men’s soccer team with lofty expectations for his program to break through and make its first NCAA Tournament.
Morrow arrived on Lipscomb’s campus first in 1994 as a transfer after starting his collegiate career at DII power Queens College. From 1994-96, Morrow would be part of the Bison squad, serving as a captain during his tenure as a player.
After his playing career ended, Morrow stayed on as an assistant from 1996-97, graduating in 1997 with a degree in physical education and health.
In 2006, Morrow would go on to earn his Master’s Degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Upon graduating from Lipscomb in 1997, Morrow took over head coaching duties for both the boys and girls squads at Goodpasture High School, where he stayed until 2000. His boys teams reached the regional semifinals in both 1999 and 2000.
Morrow returned to the collegiate ranks in 2000 when he accepted an assistant coaching position with Vanderbilt. He remained with the Commodores until 2003.
He left Vanderbilt to take on his first collegiate head coaching job at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. in April, 2003. In two seasons with the Crusaders, Morrow directed the DII squad to conference runner-up honors in the regular season and conference tournament.
In 2005, Morrow accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater. In his first season back on the sidelines at Lipscomb, Morrow’s charges secured five victories, more than doubling the total from the previous two seasons and earning one of the top turnarounds in the NCAA. It was the first of two occasions Morrow would lead a squad to one of the NCAA’s biggest turnarounds from season-to-season.
His 2006 squad began the season 5-4-1, including its first-ever DI victory against archrival Belmont, before stumbling down the stretch. The Bisons rebounded in 2007 with the school’s first trip to the Atlantic Sun tournament, where the Bisons advanced to the second round before falling to Jacksonville.
Morrow’s 2008 squad broke through in a big way, setting program records for wins (10) and conference wins (5). The Bisons lost in the A-Sun tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year, this time to eventual champion Jacksonville on penalty kicks.
After a disappointing sixth-place finish in 2009, Morrow’s squad rebounded with a quality 2010 performance, earning Lipscomb’s second 10-win campaign in three seasons. Along the way, Lipscomb took regular season champion Florida Gulf Coast to overtime, and in the semifinals of the A-Sun tournament, played ETSU in a double overtime thriller before falling, 2-1, to the eventual champions.
Overall, Morrow has amassed a record of 46-73-15, including a 23-29-7 mark in Atlantic Sun play.
During Morrow’s tenure, 12 Bisons have earned all-conference honors, including five first-teamers (Garret Pettis twice, Miguel DaSilva twice, and Ben Page). DaSilva was a three-time all-tournament performer, and all-freshman in 2007. As a senior, DaSilva became Lipscomb’s fist NSCAA All-Region performer.
Under Morrow, Pettis became the Bisons first-ever A-Sun Freshman of the Year in 2008.
In the classroom, 59 Bisons have been named Atlantic Sun All-Academic since Morrow took over, including 17 from the 2011 squad.
Off the pitch, Morrow and his squad active in the community, primarily through YES (Youth Encouragement Services). The coaches and players offer instruction to players and coaches in six-week fall and spring youth leagues.
Morrow is married to the former Beth Earnest of Nashville. She is also employed by Lipscomb University with the Institute of Law, Justice & Society. The couple has two sons, Trip and Will.