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Matt Morris

Matt Morris
Inducted 2018

The legendary Matt Morris was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018 after being part of more than 100 FHSAA state championships as both a coach and an athletic director.

As an athletic director at Allen D. Nease High School and The Bolles School, Morris has led his athletic programs to five national championships, 78 state championships, 30-plus state runner ups and almost 200 district titles. In addition, he has also overseen more than $8 million in facility upgrades at Bolles.

A member of several FHSAA committees designed to enhance education-based athletics in the state, Morris started Nease’s first-ever wrestling program during his tenure there (1993-97). He won a district title in just the second season of the program, while completely overhauling the athletic program as athletic director. Prior to his arrival at Nease, the school had never won a state title in any sport. During his time spent in St. Augustine, they earned two state titles in cross county and one state championship in golf.

In 2000, Morris was named athletic director of The Bolles School. Five years later, Sports Illustrated ranked Bolles ninth out of 38,000 high school athletic programs in the country. His program was the only school with a student population under 1,000 to make the top ten. Off the field, he has overseen an athletic program that has won the Floyd E. Lay Sunshine State Cup All Sports Award 14 times.

The former three-sport athlete in high school also found success as a high school wrestling coach, guiding 13 individuals to state championships, nine to state runner-up finishes and 21 state placers for a total of 43 medal winners. Morris has racked up 300-plus career dual-meet victories, and as a result, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010. Aside from wrestling, the former University of Georgia varsity wrestling captain has also spent his three-plus decades in high school athletics coaching football and golf.