MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have named Mark Morris as the club's Head Coach, Monarchs General Manager Ron Hextall announced Friday at a press conference at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Morris – formerly the Head Coach of Clarkson University – has signed a multi-year contract to coach the Monarchs. He replaces Jim Hughes, who was relieved of his head coaching duties on June 17.
"With 20 years of coaching, I have had the pleasure of instructing a number of talented players. I take pride in developing and teaching individuals how to maximize their potential on and off the ice. Learning to be a good role model is equally important for young professionals as they work to make it to the NHL level," explained Morris. "I am thrilled with the opportunity to be in Manchester and work with the Kings AHL affiliate."
Said Hextall, "Mark brings a winning resume, a passion for the game and a history of developing players to the Monarchs. We are extremely excited to welcome him to the organization."
Morris, 48, coached the Golden Knights to 10 consecutive 20-plus win seasons during his 14 year rein. Hired by Clarkson in 1988, Morris compiled an overall record of 306-156-42 in 504 regular season games and a playoff record of 39-19-1. His teams appeared in 14 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournaments, five ECAC League championships, three ECAC tournament championships, nine NCAA tournament appearances, one Frozen Four appearance, three Quarterfinal appearances and five First Round appearances. He is the winningest coach in the history of Clarkson University and the team won eight ECAC titles in his 14 seasons head coach. Morris received the ECAC Coach of the Year Award in 1991 and 2001 along with the Humanitarian Award in 1999.
Morris has coached five Olympians, three Hobey Baker Finalists and 12 NHL players including Kings' Craig Conroy, Carolina Hurricanes' Stanley Cup champion Erik Cole, Anaheim Mighty Ducks Todd Marchant and Philadelphia Flyers' Randy Jones.
Following his time at Clarkson University, Morris served as the Special Assistant Coach/Interim Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Vancouver Canucks from February 2003 to April 2003 under current Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford. Morris moved on to be the Interim Assistant Coach for the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club of the Ontario Hockey League from November 2003 to March 2004.
For the past two seasons, Morris has been the Director of Boy's Hockey, the Boy's Junior Hockey Coach and an Administrator (Admissions and Advancement) for Northwood School. In 2004-05, Northwood finished the season with a record of 32-11-4. The team set a new school record for most wins in a season with a record of 40-8-0 under Morris' supervision during the 2005-06 season. Northwood was named the St. Andrew's College Tournament Champions and the Culver Academy Midwest Prep School Tournament Champions in 2006.
Morris is a 1977 graduate of Northwood School and a 1981 graduate of Colgate University. After graduation, Morris played three years of professional hockey with the Central Hockey League's Dallas Black Hawks (1981-82) and the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks (1982-84). He began his coaching ranks with Union College as the Men's Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach and Junior Varsity Coach for the 1984-85 season. The team was the ECAC West Division II Champions and a Semi-Finalist in the NCAA Division III Championship.
Preceding his 14-year reign at Clarkson University, Morris served as the Men's Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach for St. Lawrence University for three seasons, 1985-88. The team made to two ECAC playoff appearances, two NCAA playoff appearances and lost to Lake Superior State University in a heartbreaking double overtime game in the Frozen Four finals in 1988.
Morris and his wife Cecily reside in Massena, New York, and are the proud parents of four children, Michael (student at State University of New York and member of the SUNYAC Championship/NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Team), Emily (student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and member of the NCAA Division I WCHA and NCAA Championship Women's Hockey Team), Leah (student at Boston University) and Kevin.