Dan Morrison returns for his second season with the Tiger-Cats in 2018 as Quarterbacks Coach. He originally joined the organization as Offensive Assistant and Quarterbacks Coach on October 3, 2017.
In his first season as Quarterbacks Coach, Jeremiah Masoli emerged as one of the CFL’s elite quarterbacks under Morrison’s tutelage. Masoli finished the season with the league’s second-highest quarterback rating (81.0), second-most passing yards (5,209), third-most pass completions (378) and touchdowns (28) and third-highest completion percentage (66.1). Masoli also set a club record for most 300+ yards passing games with 12. Masoli was recognized by the league as an East Division All-Star and the East Division’s most outstanding player in addition to being name the Tiger-Cats’ most outstanding player.
For 16 years (1999-2014), Morrison coached at the NCAA Division 1-A level, including two stints under Jones as Associate Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach at Southern Methodist University (2008-14), and Quarterbacks Coach at the University of Hawaii (1999-2007). While coaching the Rainbow Warriors, his quarterbacks broke 35 different NCAA all-time records.
Morrison most recently served as Receivers Coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2015 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship in Canton, Ohio, where he helped lead the team to a 4-0 record and a gold medal finish.
During his seven seasons at Southern Methodist University, Morrison helped Jones implement the “Run and Shoot” offence which re-wrote the school’s record book by setting 13 of the Mustang’s 14 all-time offensive team records. His quarterbacks also performed at the highest level, including Garrett Gilbert setting five single-game passing records [total offense (635), plays (81), touchdowns responsible for (7), completions (45), and pass attempts (70)], and Kyle Padron holding the single-season passing touchdown record with 35.
Prior to his time at SMU, Morrison spent nine years at the University of Hawaii where he produced All-Conference quarterbacks in five of his nine seasons, and mentored NCAA all-time passing leader Timmy Chang and all-time touchdown pass leader Colt Brennan. In 2004, Chang made NCAA history by becoming the all-time passing leader with 17,072 career yards, and in 2007, Brennan, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy race, broke 29 NCAA records, including passing touchdowns in a season (58) and career (131). Overall, Warrior quarterbacks passed for over 40,000 yards and 350 touchdowns under Morrison’s guidance, and their offence ranked in the top five nationally in passing each year.
Morrison has a strong background as an educator and utilizes those skills to teach the intricacies of the “Run and Shoot” to his quarterbacks. He and his wife, Karen, have a daughter named Nikki and a granddaughter named Malia.
MORRISON’S COACHING HISTORY
|2018||Quarterbacks Coach||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2017||Offensive Assistant & Quarterbacks Coach||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2008-14||Associate Head Coach & Quarterbacks Coach||Southern Methodist University|
|1999-07||Quarterbacks Coach||University of Hawaii|