Kevin Morris Released As Head Coach Of UMass Football Program
Nov. 21, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Football Head Coach Kevin Morris has been released from his contract as announced by Director of Athletics John McCutcheon. A national search for the program's first head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS) era is underway.
"I thank Kevin for his hard work during his eight years with the UMass football program including the last three as head coach," said McCutcheon. "With the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference, I felt it was important for the program to have a new direction in leadership."
A consultative committee will be formed shortly to assist with the search process.
Morris recorded a 16-17 record while serving as the UMass head coach. He was 40-49 in nine years as a head coach which includes six years at Worcester Polytech and three at UMass. Prior to being named the head coach at UMass in 2009, Morris served as the Minutemen's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for five seasons (2004-08).
This past season, UMass was 5-6 overall with no conference record due to the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the FBS and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Minutemen were not eligible for the Colonial Athletic Association Championship or the NCAA FCS Tournament due to their transition status.
In April 2011, it was announced that UMass would be making the transition from the FCS level to the FBS level as a football-only member of the MAC. UMass will play the next two seasons at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., serving as its home field. The Minutemen will be eligible for the MAC Championship and bowl participation in 2013.
The 2012 season will be the 130th for the UMass football program. UMass has been a FCS member since 1978 when the division was first formed. In that time span, UMass has won 22 conference championships, made eight (8) NCAA Tournament appearances winning the 1998 National Championship Title and has played in the NCAA Championship game three times (1978, 1998, and 2006). UMass has been a member of the Yankee Conference, the Atlantic 10 and most recently the Colonial Athletic Association.