Former Oregon Tech Athletic Director and Head Coach Howard Morris passed away at his home in Klamath Falls on Monday surrounded by family and friends. He was 81.
Morris began his wrestling and football coaching career at Tigard High School in 1958 before taking over the head coaching job at Oregon Tech from 1962-1977. Other coaching duties at Oregon Tech included head football coach from 1965-67 while assisting for 24 seasons, head baseball coach from 1978-1983 and assisting for three years. Morris also served Oregon Tech as the Athletics Director from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. Howard became the first ever Commissioner of the Cascade Collegiate Conference in 1992 and retired 2003.
Howard and his wife Virginia "Ginger" also became avid Oregon Tech supporters and supplied scholarships for student athletes. Howard and Ginger Morris established the Howard and Ginger Morris Endowed Scholarship in 2004 to assist a worthy student athlete who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship and moral character, inspirational leadership skills, average to outstanding academic and athletic ability and could be described as a "team player."
If you would like to make a gift in memory of Howard Morris, the family has requested memorials be directed to the Howard and Ginger Morris Endowed Scholarship.