Clyde Morgan is moving up the coaching ladder in collegiate track and field.
The Youngstown native is the new track and field coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and is looking to recruit some area talent.
“I will be recruiting the Youngstown area very hard,” said Morgan, 32, a Chaney High (1995) and Thiel College (1999) graduate who came to Wabash from Thiel where he served as track and field coach since January of 2004.
“I’m looking for great students who have great character and someone who has a passion for track and field.”
Morgan is only the third track and field coach at Wabash in the last 58 years, succeeded long-time coach Robert Johnson who led the program 37 years before retiring last March. Johnson also is retiring as cross country coach after serving 32 years.
Wabash, an NCAA Division III school and a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, has hired a new cross country coach in Roger Busch, a 1996 Wabash graduate and a former runner for the Little Giants’ cross country and track teams.
Morgan, who began his duties on July 1, already has been on the recruiting trail for about three weeks.
He will also serve as a cross country assistant coach to Busch.
“Recruiting is my passion, I just love it,” said Morgan, who was a track and football standout at Thiel. “I just started getting a hold of all my [recruiting] connections just to make sure they knew where I was, because I had been at Thiel for so long and I just gave a brief description of the type of young men I was looking for.”
Morgan has strong support at Wabash
Johnson has endorsed the selection of Morgan.
“Coach Morgan is clearly the best fit from among a group of over 50 applicants,” he said. “I am confident with the same support I have received for these last 37 years he will do an excellent job.”
Morgan has coached five NCAA Division III All-Americans at Thiel, including one national champion and one runner-up. He also has helped to develop 96 Presidents’ Athletic Conference champions, 156 All-PAC performers, and six PAC Most Valuable Athlete Award winners.
Wabash athletics director Vernon Mummert also backed Morgan’s selection.
“Clyde has produced great results without an indoor or outdoor facility at Thiel,” he said. “I am certain with the resources available at Wabash, he can take our program to the next level.”
Morgan, who graduated from Thiel in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and elementary education, was a member of the dean’s list and captain of the track team in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Morgan’s wife, Jennifer, who was an assistant basketball coach at Thiel, also will serve in that same capacity at Wabash under coach Darren Haas.
The Morgans have two children, Braylon, 12, and Ziair, 4.
Ryan Flynn among other area coaches at Wabash.
Morgan joins several other coaches with Youngstown-area ties at Wabash, who are with the football program.
Erik Raeburn, former Mount Union College football player, is in his first year as coach after spending eight years as Coe College mentor with a 57-26 record.
Ryan Flynn (Cardinal Mooney) is in his second year as an assistant coach for tight ends, after playing five years at Maryland as a tight end and offensive guard.
And Steve Rogers, another former Mount Union football player, is in his first year as Wabash defensive backs coach. He came from Bluffton University where he served three years an an assistant.
Flynn’s brother, Tom Flynn, was Wabash baseball coach from 2001-06.
X John Kovach covers colleges for The Vindicator. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.