NEW COACH — Mick Morris, a Butte native, is the new Cowboy football coach. He comes to Conrad by way of Nampa, Idaho and will also be teaching Social Studies at UMS. The Cowboy squad begins practice on Aug. 19. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
It’s no secret that the Cowboy football program has been hurting for the last few years.
Last year expectations grew when Ryan Featherson, a former All State defensive end for the Grizzly Nation was hired and there was joy in Conrad.
When the Cowboys ripped apart Harlem 35-0 in the first game of the season there were a lot of happy campers in town.
However, the bottom fell out of the bucket and the team never won again, losing six games in a row, three by shutouts. Featherson jumped ship and went south to Carroll College to be an assistant coach.
Enter Mick Morris, a 31-year-old native of Butte. He comes to Conrad by way of Nampa, Idaho, which is west of Boise, not all that far from the Oregon border, with a population of over 81,000.
Morris and his wife Lynsi, also a Butte native, began their teaching careers in Nampa. “It was the only place we could both get a teaching position,” he commented.
Both will be teaching at UMS and he will have a Social Studies class.
Morris is a graduate of the UofM and while in Missoula coached with the Little Griz program. “I’ve always had an interest in football.” he said.
He was a JV football coach in Helena and then an offensive coordinator at Nampa High School. Morris was the head track coach at NHS and also coached wrestling and baseball. You could say that coaching is in his blood.
There was a football camp in July where he got a look at Cowboy players. Actual practice begins on Aug. 19.
“I’m not here to fail,” he says. “There is a commitment to be successful.” He went on to add, “This is an exciting time for a coach.”
Asked what he brings to the position, Morris explained, “We’ll be running a spread, fast paced, no huddle offense. We were the top offense in Idaho. The kids will like it, it’s simple and fast.”
Fans will like that also.
A little known fact about Morris. Earlier this summer he snapped his femur. He loves to golf and just recently got back on the golf course for a round.
He wasn’t a big help when it came time to move to Conrad, his wife did a lot of the packing, carting of boxes and such. Jokingly he said, “I learned to supervise.”
Both he and his wife are excited about being in Conrad and the welcome and friendliness that people have extended to them.
He is excited about the opportunity of longevity and wants to be here for the long run.
The Cowboys open the season on the road in Troy. Their first home game is Sept. 13 with Eureka coming to town.
Hot dogs, football, a cool evening, what a great way to spend an evening.