Allen Morgan begins his fourth year as Carson-Newman's Director of Athletics. He was named to the position on March 12, 2012, and officially began his duties May 1, 2012.
Carson-Newman saw a trio of teams earn SAC titles while eight clubs went on to NCAA tournament play in Morgan's third year at Mossy Creek. Softball won its first outright title since 2005 and its 14th overall while the men's basketball program earned its first ever back-to-back NCAA tournament bids with a SAC tournament title win over #3 LMU. Volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and outdoor and indoor track and field to go along with softball all made postseason play.
Year two saw Carson-Newman make four appearances in NCAA postseason events (football, men's basketball, men's golf and men's soccer's run to the national title game). Morgan also hired a new men's golf coach in Randy Wylie. Wylie's first tournament was the 2014 SAC Championship. He only guided C-N to its first conference title in a decade.
In his first year on the job, Morgan oversaw the start of Carson-Newman’s swimming program. He also hired a former LPGA player in Suzanne Strudwick to helm the women’s golf program and a two-time Olympian in Tony Parrilla to coach cross country and assist with track and field.
Morgan replaced David Barger, now Athletics Director Emeritus, who spent 32 years at Carson-Newman.
A 1968 C-N alumnus and trustee, Morgan retired from a long career in education, culminating in his service as superintendent of Knox County Schools from 1992-98. The system’s last elected superintendent (1992), he oversaw its transition to an appointed position when the Board of Education hired him to continue the job in 1996. He oversaw more than 50,000 students and some 7000 employees at 91 schools, and was selected Superintendent of the Year in 1997 by Tennessee’s State PTA.
Morgan’s 22 years of public school administration included three years as assistant principal of Karns High School and 13 years as principal of Powell High School. His commitment to professional excellence and student growth led Powell to be the first Knox County School named “BEST” by the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; it was one of just four Tennessee high schools to be named a finalist in the National Schools Recognition Program (1990-91). Beyond academic excellence, he led PHS through an extensive renovation program during his tenure.
Upon his retirement from Knox County, the 1964 Carter High School graduate joined Clayton Homes as president of CMH Parks, its communities and subdivision group. In that capacity for a decade, he directed the efforts of almost 300 employees and led the development of some 22,000 homes in communities across the country.
Morgan entered C-N in the fall of 1964 as a freshman baseball player and was part of the team that won the 1965 NAIA National Championship, the institution’s first athletic national title. He coached baseball at Powell before taking the school’s helm as principal.
C-N’s new AD is married to Phyllis Mitchell Morgan, who retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher. The Morgans are active members of Knoxville’s Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Their son Chris, a 1997 C-N grad, and his wife Melanie live in Georgia, where he is senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Chickamauga.
Morgan will assume the leadership of C-N’s storied athletics program and its heritage of success. Since joining the South Atlantic Conference (SAC), Carson-Newman has brought home 73 conference titles spread across 13 sports.
Fourteen sports have advanced to NCAA Tournament play in the last decade, led by seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances by women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and softball. The women’s soccer team reached the Final Four in both 2004 and 2005. Both men’s and women’s golf teams are currently ranked in the Top 15.
For three decades, Carson-Newman’s football program has been a national powerhouse. The Eagles have won five national championships, played for nine, and recently reached the NCAA Semifinals in 2009, a game televised nationally on ESPN.
W. Allen Morgan
Additional Biographical Information
- Knox County Schools Superintendent 1992 – 1998.
- Elected Superintendent of Schools, Knox County, Tennessee, 1992.
- Appointed Superintendent of Knox County Schools, 1996.
- 53,000 students
- 7,000 employees
- 91 schools
- 1997 Tennessee State PTA Superintendent of the Year.
- Appointed as one of 30 superintendents in the Southeast to be a part of the Center for Leadership in School Reform (CSLR).
- Regional Co-Chairman of School-to-Career, Tennessee Department of Education.
- School administrator for 22 years. Assistant principal of Karns High School for 3 years. Principal of Powell High School for 13 years, guiding the school through an extensive renovation program. Powell was one of four Tennessee high schools to be named a finalist in the National Schools Recognition program in 1990-91 and the first Knox County School named “BEST” by the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Knox County Schools Superintendent 1992 – 1998.
- Co-chaired the Danforth Committee, of the Danforth Foundation, which researched the University of Tennessee’s methodology for training school administrators.
- Leadership Knoxville-Class of 1991, sponsored by Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.
- Member of Southern Association Colleges and Schools; Tennessee Secondary School Committee 1988-1994; Southeastern Board: 1988-94.
- Member of East Tennessee Superintendents Study Council: 1992 - 1998; member Events Committee.
- Member of Metropolitan Association of School Superintendents (MASS); elected representative of MASS to Board of Directors of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.
- American Association of School Administrators; Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.
- United Way of Greater Knoxville; Board of Directors 1993, 1994, re-elected for 1995-98; Chairman, Education Committee (K-12 public schools); Chairman, Greater Knoxville Area Education Committee (all educational instructions, all levels) 1995.
- Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors 1992 thru 1998.
- 1964 Carter High School graduate. 1968 Carson-Newman College graduate, Jefferson City, TN; Master's Degree in Education from University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1975.
- Retired Knox County Schools effective September 1998.