CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Montgomery Central coach Shannon Morrison’s prayers were answered more than two years ago after longtime Lady Indians basketball coach Connie Jackson stepped down as head coach.
Morrison, an assistant for Jackson the previous nine years, stepped in to take the reins of the program. However, after two years at the helm, Morrison said her prayers have been answered again. This time she prayed that she would know when it was time to step aside herself. That time came Monday when Morrison turned in her letter of resignation as the Lady Indians basketball coach.
“The 11 years I’ve spent with the girls basketball program has been absolutely awesome,” Morrison said. “This past season, we had 13 players and nine of them were freshmen. We had two sophomores and two juniors, and they were some of the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever coached.”
Central struggled in terms of wins and losses under Morrison. She leaves the Lady Indians program with just a 10-43 record, including 3-24 this past season.
“Where this team started at the beginning of the season to where they ended, it was a major improvement,” Morrison said. “We didn’t see a lot of wins, but those girls worked their tails off and they gave me all they had. They were hungry to learn the game and they’ll be very competitive next year. I believe that.”
But in the end, for Morrison, it was a decision of priorities.
“When God gave me the opportunity to be a head coach, I prayed about it and it happened,” she said. “He granted me the chance to be the girls coach for two years. But I also prayed that God would let me know when it was time for me to leave. And he did that too.”
Morrison said she will concentrate her efforts in being a teacher at Central along with the girls’ tennis coach and developing a stronger relationship with the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“My faith is real important to me,” she added. “I try to listen and do what God wants me to do and be where he wants me to be. But I fail at that every day because I’m a human being. But from this point on, my focus will be coaching girls tennis and getting more involved with FCA.”
Montgomery Central probably will post the job soon and begin gathering applications in the coming weeks. Montgomery Central athletics director Will Ferrell could not be reached at press time.
George Robinson. Prep writer. 245-0747. Twitter: @Cville_Sports.