Chapel Hill High School

Morgan leaving Chapel Hill for Aycock

ewarnock@newsobserver.comAugust 16, 2013 

— Tod Morgan will still be commuting a healthy distance to and from work. Just not as far.

Morgan, who’s served as a basketball coach and athletics director at Chapel Hill High School, has announced he’s accepted a post as basketball head coach at Pikeville’s C.B. Aycock High School. He’ll also teach physical education at the Wayne County school.

“C.B. Aycock has a great program with some fine young men,” Morgan said in an interview Wednesday. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity to help this team be successful.”

Morgan, 44, also said he “felt blessed, very grateful and honored to have been a part of the Chapel Hill basketball program. My family and I will always be pro-Tiger and pro-Tar Heel.”

Morgan’s boys basketball teams went 95-34 in his five years as head coach, winning 73.6 percent of their games. They won more than 20 games and won the Carolina-6 Conference championship in each of his last three years.

“The program is in a great place now, and I look forward to seeing the team win more championships in the future,” Morgan said.

Morgan has been commuting over recent months to and from Chapel Hill and New Bern, where his wife Courtney moved earlier this year after taking a post as curriculum coach in the Craven County schools system, stepping up to administration from her former position as an elementary school teacher in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro system.

For the past four years, Morgan also oversaw the Chapel Hill High School sports teams as athletics director. His value to the school helped him retain his teaching post three years ago, when budget cuts threatened to eliminate a P.E. teacher’s position.

Morgan expects to stay in his Chapel Hill post for the immediate future. He’ll meet with Chapel Hill High School administrators this week to help set up a search for his replacements.

“There’s still some time to look for a basketball coach before the season starts, but fall sports are here right now,” Morgan said. “I’d think the priority has to be to find an athletics director.”

This summer, Morgan interviewed at Aycock and clocked the time and distance between the Trent Woods subdivision, where his family owns a house, and the Pikeville school: about 1 hour and 15 minutes to cover 70 miles.

“It’s still quite a commute, but not as big as the one between Chapel Hill and New Bern,” he said.

Morgan began searching for a coaching position closer to New Bern shortly after his wife and first child, Talley Grace, moved in April from Chapel Hill. He spent much of the spring and summer driving between the towns on weekends.

“I missed them all spring while they were down there,” he said. “We became a ‘weekend warrior’ family, and it was never enough time together.”

His interest in rejoining his family full time intensified a few weeks ago when Courtney was hospitalized for more than a week with pneumonia and viral meningitis, which complicated her pregnancy with the family’s second child, expected in December.

Morgan will be returning to his roots in Eastern North Carolina. He played basketball at West Carteret before earning a degree in 1991 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He coached at Cape Hatteras, Greene Central, New Bern and Goldsboro before heading to CHHS.

“The basketball schedule at Aycock was already set before I look the job, and Greene Central, New Bern and Goldsboro are all on it,” Morgan noted. “My first season will be a little bit of a reunion tour.”

Warnock: 919-932-8743

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