Chris Morgan brings 19 years of collegiate and international coaching experience to the Crimson.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Stephanie Wriede Morawski, the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming & Diving, has announced the hiring of Chris Morgan as assistant coach for the Crimson. Morgan brings 19 years of coaching experience to the Harvard staff at both the collegiate and international levels.
"We are extremely excited to add Chris to our coaching staff,” commented Morawski. “His knowledge of the sport, experience as a National and Olympic team coach in Switzerland, and his overall enthusiasm for coaching are exactly what we need to continue our success within the Ivy League and at the NCAA level. "
Morgan spent the 2011-12 as a member of the Stanford coaching staff, helping the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Stanford won national titles in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay at the meet, and earned 33 All-America honors after taking second at the Pac-12 Championships.
Morgan coached in Switzerland from 1998-2011, most recently at Vevey Natation (2009-11) as the head coach. From 2004-2008 he was the head coach and technical director for Geneve Natation 1885, and was named the 2007 Coach of the Year. Prior to that he was a head coach at Red Fish Neuchatel (2000-2004) and served as an assistant at Geneve Natation 1885 (1998-1999).
"Chris will also be a tremendous asset in recruiting,” Morawski stated. “He is personable, outgoing, and committed to recruiting the best student-athletes to Harvard."
Three of Morgan’s athletes competed at the 2008 Olympics
Games in Beijing, Switzerland's Jonathan Massacand, Barbados'
Andrei Cross and Montenegro's Marina Kuc. His international
coaching experience has also included the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
the 2010 European Championships in Hungary, the 2009 World
Championships in Rome, the European Short Course Championships in
Croatia in 2008 and in Hungary in 2007, and three World University
Games in Thailand in 2007, Turkey in 2005 and South Korea in
Morgan’s teams won eight Swiss club championships from 2000-2011 while his athletes won 30 national titles and 10 relay titles. Lang set six Swiss national records in the freestyle and backstroke with Massacand setting five Swiss records in the back and individual medley. Morgan saw over 30 of his athletes earn a spot on the Swiss national team and has sent athletes to eight world championships, 14 university games and 18 European championships.
A 1994 graduate of UC Davis with a degree in biological sciences, Morgan earned his Masters in human movement and sports sciences from the University of Geneva in 2002. While at UC Davis, Morgan was a conference champion in the 100 fly his junior season in 1992.
Morgan began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Stanford under the late Richard Quick from 1994-98. In 1995-96 he was the assistant women's coach at San Jose State, and prior to that he was a high school coach at Palo Alto's Gunn High School (1994-97) for both the boy's and girl's programs. His first coaching job was as a JV coach at Los Altos High in 1993-94.
Morgan will be replacing Matt Davidson who had been on Morawski’s staff the previous four years, including three as assistant coach. A key part of the Harvard recruiting effort, Davidson helped the Crimson to Ivy League championships in 2009 and 2012, and helped to usher in the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation for the 2011-12 season.
"Matt has been with our program for nearly five years and was an instrumental part of our success,” stated Morawski. “We are sad to see him leave Harvard but wish him well as he begins a new career."