Christy Morgan returns to JMU field hockey as head coach

JMU field hockey will once again be led by Christy Morgan, who was hired as the Dukes’ head coach this week after spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach at Wake Forest.

jmu logo“I can honestly say there’s a genuine excitement for being back,” Morgan said upon returning to the helm of the JMU field hockey program.  “One of the reasons I’ve chosen to come back is because we have the ability to be the best.  James Madison, as an institution and as a hockey program, will attract hard workers, people with a desire to be the best and are willing to work for it.”

Morgan originally joined the Dukes in 1991, the same year that James Madison field hockey joined the Colonial Athletic Association.  Just three seasons later, Morgan led the Dukes to their first-ever national championship when JMU defeated top-ranked North Carolina in penalty strokes for the 1994 NCAA title.  She became the first person in NCAA field hockey history to win a national championship as both a coach and a player (Old Dominion – 1982, 1983, 1984).

In her nine seasons at JMU, Morgan led JMU to five NCAA tournament appearances (1993-95, ‘97, ‘99), including back-to-back final-four appearances (1994, ‘95).  While at the helm, she also led the Dukes to the 1995 CAA championship, a 2-1 victory over her alma mater Old Dominion.

Christy Morgan is a proven winner and is only one of two coaches who have won a national championship at JMU!” JMU director of athletics Jeff Bourne stated.  “She has a genuine interest in growing young women and will cultivate an environment in the JMU hockey program where everyone will be developed, valued and respected.  She has created synergy and success everywhere she has worked.  We have a great appreciation for her core values and are ecstatic about her return to JMU!”

Morgan, the 1993 CAA Coach of the Year and NCAA South Region Coach of the Year, was inducted into the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.  She left JMU to become the head field hockey coach at Davidson in 2001 before leaving the collegiate coaching ranks for nine years.

As a player, Morgan (ODU ’85) helped lead the Monarchs to three national championships (1982, ‘83, and ‘84).  She was a three-time All-American at ODU and won the 1984 Honda Award for Field Hockey, awarded to the top player in the nation.  She spent eight years on the U.S. National Team (1982-’90), two seasons with the U.S. World Cup Team (1983, ’86) and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988.

“I think that my group will know that, to reach the pinnacle of success, you have to earn it,” Morgan reiterated.  “And in earning it, it starts with the attitude and it starts with the possibility.  And then, every day, you fight to be the best.”



augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.