Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The way Andy Morgan sees it, his job is to keep Pinewood Prep athletics moving in the right direction.
Morgan takes over as Pinewood’s Athletic Director this school year.
“I’m thrilled to be here because I feel it is a special place,” Morgan said. “There is an energy in the building and the entire campus and community that I want to be a part of. I feel honored and excited to be here.”
Pinewoods athletic program isn’t in need of a major overhaul, which should make the transition smoother.
“Athletically I’m in a good situation,” Morgan said. “Pinewood has really experienced a lot of wining and state championships. Nancy Beatty did a nice job developing the program and we have great coaches in place. It’s kind of a dream situation where you come in and just continue to work to take it to another level of excellence. We have a lot of successful coaches and strong coaches who have built good programs so I see my job as being to help them continue to reach the level they want to reach and not take a step back.”
Pinewood boys’ basketball coach Pat Eidson has established a dynasty at the school, winning so many state championships the school named its gym in his honor before he even contemplated retirement. Beatty led the Lady Panthers basketball team to the past three state titles. The Pinewood boys’ and girls’ soccer programs and baseball team are also among the Pinewood programs that have become heavy weights among the SCISA ranks.
Morgan is excited about the challenge of leading coaches who themselves are proven leaders.
“Pat will make me better,” Morgan said. “I mean Pat is Pinewood. People want to come play for him. My job is to work with him to see if we can take his program to another level. My job is to support him and all the other coaches here.”
One of his challenges is catching the school’s football program up with its other athletic programs. Unlike other schools in the area, Pinewood hasn’t experienced much success on the gridiron.
“We face some challenges but both coach (Michael) Wright and I believe in the ability of our students and our student athletes,” Morgan said. “We believe in what Pinewood is all about and that great things are going to happen here. We aren’t worried about the expectations of success other people have. Our approach is to create an environment where everyone will start to believe in Pinewood football.”
Himself a Pinewood parent, Morgan says he not only wants to help the Pinewood athletic program, he also wants to help the school in general.
“I’m excited my kids will attend this school,” he said. “I’m a big picture guy so athletics is just a part of what Pinewood is. If a person is coming here just for athletics then this might not be the place for them. We are a great educational institution as well. This is a place where the kids feel safe to be challenged. Beginning with out Head Master, the people here have created a great place to come and work and a community that strives for excellence.”
Morgan came to Pinewood from Ware Academy, where he spent the past nine years as their athletic director and a coach, as well as a physical education and health teacher. Prior to his near decade at Ware, Morgan was a teacher, coach, and an athletic director at Highland School. He is a native of Virginia and a graduate of High Point University in North Carolina.
As a coach at Ware Academy, Morgan had championship success in middle school girls’ soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. At Highland, he coached high school basketball and was twice named conference coach of the year.
He and wife Nicolle have two children, Briland (age 6) and Olive (age 3).
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