Former Scottsboro football coach Larry Morris has died

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Scottsboro Wildcats football coach Larry Morris died Friday morning.

According to a statement from the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), Morris spent his entire career at Scottsboro High School. He served as head football coach from 1991 to 2004, the longest tenure in school history. He is also the winningest coach in school history with a 90-66 record.

Morris’ career hasn’t been limited to leading the Wildcats football team to five regional titles. Prior to his stint as head coach, Morris served as assistant football coach from 1974 to 1991, head track coach for eight years and assistant wrestling coach for 10 years.

From 2005 to 2012, he was the athletic director of the school system. In 2010, he was named AHSAA Athletic Director of the Year.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Morris,” said AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs. “He was a great role model of what a coach, administrator and teacher should be.”

Briggs said Morris was a senior member of the District Legislative Council for 14 years and an “outstanding leader” on the Central Council from 2007 to 2012.

“He will be greatly missed,” Briggs continued. “We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and to the City of Scottsboro and pray that God will sustain them during this time of such great loss.”

Morris is the namesake of the Scottsboro football field. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

No funeral or memorial service arrangements were immediately available for Morris.

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