Coach Eric Morris - 13 Green
Eric (Coach Okra) Morris has been a staple in the North Texas Region since 2001. His teams consistently over-achieve. He has coached as many as 7 teams in one Club Season as well as having been Head coach at the High School and Collegiate level. He has coached Club teams from the 11's to 18's. Since 2000, Eric has traveled the State of Texas conducting many Varsity and Junior High Volleyball Camps.
He was the Club Director for Team Sportstars, Bigtime Volleyball, BigCats Volleyball, Air Texas Volleyball and PVC Performance Volleyball Club.
Eric was Certified C.A.P. I in 2001 and C.A.P. II in 2005. He is also IMPACT Certified and maintains his S.A.F.E. Sport Certification.
Eric has created THE knowledge base to teach performance skill sets to many girls as youngsters so they have a chance to meet and exceed their own expectations. The Results are that many have more than achieved their goals for High School and at the Collegiate level. His Goal is to help each player establish and meet their own goals and objectives. There are many who have played in the finals of the state tournament and been MVP of State Championship teams and gone on to be featured starters as freshman at Division 1 colleges. Many district MVP's and many All-State selections as seniors and Juniors and even Sophomores.
He has had the opportunity to work with the Top Players from Aledo, All-Saints, Arlington Heights, Azle, Ball, Bangs, Bell, Benbrook, Boswell, Boyd, Brewer, Brock, Castleberry, Cedar Hill, Clifton, Colleyville-Heritage, Chisholm Trail, Crowley, Dunbar, Duncanville, Early, Eastern Hills, Ft.Worth Christian, Fossil Ridge, Grapevine, Haltom, Jacksboro, Keller, Lake Ridge, Lake Worth, MacArthur, Millsap, Mineral Wells, Nolan, N.Crowley, Paschal, Peaster, Poolville, Rider, Saginaw, Stephenville, Southlake, South Oak Cliff, Weatherford and Western Hills.
"When I look back on the years and think about the 100s of teams and 1000s of players which I have had the opportunity to coach and now to see so many of those players now coaching their own Varsity and Club teams, I feel like I have added my little part in growing the sport and continuing quality coaching in the sport of Volleyball."
Eric received his training mostly from Olympic Athletes and Olympic Coaches. His father Garry Morris played on a Team considered the Best in the country in the 70’s with many of the players from the ’68 Olympic team. Most of these players are in the USAV Hall of Fame. Garry has made All-American and still plays at the Nationals on the 70 and over teams.
He spent extensive time with household names in the Volleyball world such has Toshi Yoshida, Hugh McCutcheon and Jose Guimares, and even Gene Chambliss. It is his quest to be on the cutting edge of technique, footwork, mechanics and skill in the new age of volleyball. "Each time the rules change there are some techniques that change with them, I look to push those rules to the edge of the envelope and take advantage for what the rule is looking to add to the sport with new and advanced techniques. If coaches dont stay out in front, they will be left behind."
“When I had the opportunity to spend some time and talk with Jose, the head coach of the women’s Olympic team from Brazil, I asked him how the Brazilian Teams and players consistently defeat the American Teams and players and everyone else obviously, when it looks like none of his players could even make the US Team. His answer is what fuels my coaching. The way they teach is what I bring to each of the players and teams which I have the opportunity to coach.”
Eric played Football(QB), Baseball(SS/P) and Volleyball(OH, S, DS) at SMU and graduated in 1988.