Shannon Morrison is in his second season working with the Tiger cornerbacks. This spring, he also worked extensively with the nicklebacks.
Morrison had a challenge in 2010 working with a young and inexperienced group with several true freshmen including Taurean Nixon, Lonnie Ballentine and Todd Washington and redshirt freshman, Mohammed Seisay. Seisay was the only consistent starter in the secondary, logging 12-straight starts at corner. He was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team after totaling 39 tackles and two interceptions.
Prior to Memphis, Morrison served as defensive coordinator at four different schools, including BGSU (2009), Lehigh (2004), Southeast Missouri State (2001-03) and Hampden-Sydney (1998-99).
While at Bowling Green in 2009, Morrison was the co-defensive coordinator and coached the safeties. Bowling Green finished the 2009 season with a 7-6 record after dropping a hard-fought 43-42 decision to Idaho in the Humanitarian Bowl. BGSU ranked 38th nationally and first in the MAC in pass defense, allowing just 204 yards a game. In 2009 alone his pass defense allowed less than 200 yards on six different occasions, highlighted by an effort versus Marshall where the defense allowed just 100 yards through the air.
Prior to the 2009 campaign, Morrison spent four seasons (2005-08) at his alma mater, Marshall, where he coached linebackers (2005-06) and safeties (2007-08). He tutored junior safety C.J. Spillman in 2007, as he recorded a team-high 131 tackles en route to earning second team All-Conference USA honors.
Morrison oversaw a Thundering Herd linebacking corps in 2005 that featured two of Conference USA's top tacklers in juniors Dennis Thornton (104) and Matt Couch (97). The linebacker unit also helped the MU defense limit opponents to a C-USA best 340.27 yards per game. During the 2006 season, Morrison coached linebacker Matt Couch to second team all-conference honors and linebacker Josh Johnson to honorable mention accolades.
Morrison was a four-time letterwinner at Marshall and was an All-Southern Conference and honorable mention All-America selection for the Herd in 1994. During his Marshall career, he intercepted 11 passes and is still sixth on the Thundering Herd's all-time interceptions list. He also helped Marshall to its first-ever national title in 1992. The Oak Hill, W.Va., native graduated from Marshall in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Morrison, who served as a graduate assistant coach at Marshall following his graduation, spent the 2004 season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Lehigh University. Under Morrison's guidance, the Lehigh defense led the Patriot League in scoring defense and fewest yards allowed per game. Lehigh captured a share of its seventh Patriot League title in 2004, and the Mountain Hawks earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Prior to Lehigh, Morrison was the defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State for three years. During the 2003 season, Morrison's Indians led the Ohio Valley Conference in pass defense and ranked third in total defense. Southeast Missouri also ranked seventh nationally in turnovers forced.
Morrison has also coached at Hampden-Sydney and Sam Houston State.
Morrison and his wife Michelle have one daughter, Miya.