Christian Morrison is in his 14th season at the helm of theSacred Heart men and women's track program. Morrison has built thePioneer track & field programs from the ground up, taking overthe cross country programs in 1994 and serving as the only headcoach of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams since theirinception that year.
Morrison quickly built a successful Division II program andoversaw SHU's transition to Division I and the Northeast Conferencein 1999. In Sacred Heart's short time in the NEC, Morrison haselevated the women's cross country program to the one of the elitein the conference culminating with a share of the 2005 leaguechampionship. His men's cross country team and both track &field teams have excelled as well, continuing their climb to thetop of the NEC each year.
He has twice been named the Northeast Conference Women's CrossCountry Coach of the Year, most recently after the 2005Championship race where the Pioneers finished tied with Quinnipiacfor a share of the title. Morrison also earned the honor in 2003after guiding SHU to second place finish at the championship racewhere Katie Wrinkle took home the individual title.
Under his guidance, Sacred Heart has had seven runners earnAll-NEC honors in cross country with Wrinkle leading the way as afour-time recipient. This past fall, Katie Duffy earned her secondappearance on the all-conference list with a fourth place finishwhile freshman Kathleen Henry took home NEC Freshman of the Yearhonors after finishing 5th.
On the track, Morrison's teams have been equally impressive asthe men finished a best-ever 4th at the 2005 NEC IndoorChampionships. A pair of SHU athletes garnered awards as ArmanDixon was named Most Valuable Performer and Rookie of the Meet andEvan Lasher was named Most Outstanding Field Performer, a feat herepeated at the 2005 NEC Outdoor Championship.
In six short years of NEC membership, his athletes have won 17individual and relay titles in conference championships. He hasalso mentored three individual New England Champions and Wrinkleearned USATF Junior All-American status under his guidance afterparticipating in the steeplechase event at the Junior NationalChampionship in Richmond, Virginia in 2001.
The Pioneers have also dominated the Collegiate Track Conference(CTC) Championships over the years where the women's team hascollected eight-straight outdoor titles. Both teams have dominatedat the CTC Indoor Relay Carnival where the women have takennine-straight titles and the men eight. Morrison has collectednumerous CTC Coach of the Year awards over the years. During SHU'sDivision II years, Morrison coached three individual ECAC DivisionII champions.
A 1986 graduate of Marist College, Morrison captained theschool's cross country and track & field teams his junior andsenior years. He set Red Fox school records in the 1,500-meters andas part of the 4x800 relay team during his collegiate career.
He earned his law degree graduating from the Indiana UniversitySchool of Law in 1990. Before coming to Sacred Heart, theWaterford, Connecticut native was an assistant coach for the crosscountry and track and field teams at DePaul University from1992-94.