THIEL COLLEGE Morgan hired to coach track
By JOHN KOVACH
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Clyde Morgan will be trying to recruit more Youngstown-area student-athletes to Thiel College in his new role as men's and women's track coach.
"I am trying to hit the Youngstown inner-city schools now because no one has been doing that, as well as Boardman, Austintown and Warren," said Morgan, a Chaney High and Thiel graduate in 2000 who moves up from assistant coach to succeed Brian Williams at the helm.
& quot;With my local connections, I hope to be able to get tremendous local student-athletes to stay closer to home," Morgan said. "I want student-athletes that are passionate about track and field. & quot;
Morgan, a former Thiel football and track standout as a kick-return specialist and hurdler, has been a two-sport assistant coach at Thiel for the past several years.
He served as assistant men's and women's track coach the past three years, and an assistant football coach the previous four seasons tutoring running backs and kickoff-return players.
Morgan also has been director of multi-cultural affairs at Thiel, but is stepping down from that post. "My main job was to [create] programs to help promote diversity on campus," he said of that previous job.
Aids Rayen students
But he will continue to serve as director of the Youngstown Intervention program, which is sponsored by the Powers Trust Fund and Bremer Foundation. The program's goal is to recruit more Rayen students to Thiel.
Morgan is entering his third year as director, but has been involved in the program since a freshman at Thiel. He tries to familiarize Rayen students with Thiel in the hope they will consider enrolling at the college when the time comes.
Morgan said academic achievement and good character are the two main requirements for being accepted at Thiel.
Last June, he brought 13 students entering the ninth grade at Rayen for a visit to Thiel.
"They spent a week up here going to classes created for them, and participating in different programs to expose them to the university," said Morgan, who plans to do it again this year.
Morgan's new track appointment was announced by Roseanne Gill-Jacobson, vice president for student services and enrollment management and dean of students.
"As a former student who has worn many hats while employed at Thiel, Clyde will continue to enrich the college experience for everyone with whom he works," said Gill-Jacobson, a native of Campbell.
Her father, Sloko Gill, was a former assistant football coach at Youngstown University under Coach Dwight "Dike" Beede.
Athletic director Joe Schaly said that "everyone here is very confident that [Morgan] will build upon the successes of Coach Williams."
Williams will continue to coach the men's and women's soccer teams which he has done since 1998.
Morgan's main objective as track coach "is getting the tradition back for Thiel College track and field."
To that end, he hopes to recruit overlooked track talent in the Youngstown area.
He recalled that when he was at Chaney and being recruited, "the kids that don't make it to state [but still] do well, no one talks to them. There are football coaches in there [recruiting] all the time, but that's something you don't see in track.
He also will be recruiting football players at the same time, doing "dual recruiting" as he calls it.
Morgan is getting help from three other area connections.
His brother, Marco Morgan, a Chaney graduate and an All-American sprinter while at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C., has been back in Youngstown for about two years and now scouts track talent in the area for his brother.
Nakisha Logan, a Rayen and Thiel graduate who was a standout sprinter-jumper, will be a part-time assistant coach for Morgan while working on her master's degree at YSU.
And Ben Blasko, a Thiel graduate from the Mercer area, will coach the Tomcats' throwers while working on his master's at YSU.
Morgan, the son of Clyde and Joyce Thomas of Youngstown, plans to begin work on his master's degree in sports administration at Slippery Rock University.
Morgan invites all area high school coaches and student-athletes to contact him at (724) 589-2038.