Brian Morgan joined the Lamar coaching staff Aug. 6th, 2014 as the new running back's coach and special teams coordinator. A native to Southeast Texas, Morgan comes to Beaumont after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant at Prairie View A&M.
"Brian has a lot of the qualities that we were looking for," said Woodard. "He has a special teams background which is an area where I felt like we needed some help. Brian also has a reputation of being a great recruiter. He was a great fit for Lamar."
Entering his 10th season of coaching, Morgan worked with the Panthers running backs and linebackers during his two seasons in Prairie View. During that time, Morgan also held down the responsibility of special teams and recruiting coordinator.
Under Morgan's guidance, the Panthers produced one of the top special teams in the nation. Morgan produced five All-SWAC selections for their work on special teams, including three return specialists and a kicker. Former Panther punt returner Moses Ellis finished the 2011 season ranked third nationally averaging 14.5 yards per return. In 2012, PVAMU finished the season ranked in the top 10 nationally in punt return and punt coverage, and in his final two seasons the Panthers blocked 13 kicks.
Morgan's familiarity of east Texas has been an asset to Morgan on the recruiting trail. While at PVAMU, Morgan's primary recruiting area was southeast Texas, including Houston.
Morgan got his first taste of coaching southeast Texas' football talent in the high school ranks. He served as an assistant coach at Port Arthur Memorial for three seasons where he worked with the Titans' linebackers and special teams. Following his three seasons at the high school level, Morgan accepted a position as a graduated assistant coach at North Texas, where he worked with future Cleveland Brown Craig Robertson.
Morgan's coaching career began at Grambling State where he spent the 2005 season overseeing the special teams. That year, Morgan help coach the Tigers to a SWAC title.
The start of Morgan's coaching career came on the heels of a standout playing career at GSU. A two-time All-America selection, Morgan graduated from Grambling as the school's all-time leading scorer. A three-time All-SWAC selection, Morgan helped guide the Tigers to back-to-back HBC national titles.
Morgan graduated with a bachelor's degree from GSU in December 2005. He returned to school to receive his master degree from North Texas in 2011.