Woodruff, Chesnee select new athletic directors – Sports – GoUpstate

Two area high schools named new athletic directors on Friday.

Mike Morris is taking over at Woodruff, while James Hyatt is taking the reins at Chesnee.

Morris replaces Scott Lawson, who will step down at the end of the school year. Morris’ father, Cecil Morris, served as head football coach and athletic director at Duluth (Ga.) High School for over 30 years. Cecil Morris was the high school coach for former South Carolina running back and 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.

Morris said that he’s excited about his first opportunity as an athletic director.

“I’ve been involved in athletics my whole life,” he said. “After 22 years of coaching, I felt like I was at a point in my career where I can make a difference. I’ve always wanted to be an athletic director (because) my dad was an athletic director.

Morris is a 1991 graduate of Duluth High School and ’95 graduate of The Citadel. He was a football and wrestling coach at Loris High School, winning two state championships in wrestling.

Morris was an assistant football coach at Woodruff from 2001-05 before spending a year at Byrnes. He returned to Woodruff the following year and was its offensive line coach and assistant athletic director last year.

Woodruff principal Aaron Fulmer said in a press release that Morris is ready for his new role.

“Coach Morris is methodical and even tempered in his encounters,” Fulmer said. “As the son of a coach and athletic director, Mike understands the demands of the job and will be an asset to our athletic program.”

Morris said that he’s ready to lead the Woodruff athletic department.

“I hope I can continue to do what Coach Lawson has done the last 10 years,” he said. “We’ve won several region titles and been close on some upper state titles. I’d like to see us win more upper state titles and have an opportunity to win some state titles.”

At Chesnee, Hyatt replaces Bill Owens, who earlier this spring…

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