Harlem football coach Jim Morrow has resigned according to a press release sent out by Harlem athletic director Kurt Weight on Thursday.
Morrow was the longest tenured head football coach in the NIC-10. He had been Harlem’s head coach for 15 seasons. His record overall was 101-51. This past season the Huskies were 7-3.
13 of Morrow’s 15 teams made the playoffs including the last 11. The worst seasons under Morrow were in 2006 and 2007 when the Huskies went 4-5 both seasons.
During those 15 years the Huskies did not win a conference championship. They also never made it past the second round of the playoffs and the last seven years they lost in the first round.
In his resignation Morrow wrote the following statement: “I am forever grateful for the trust and responsibility given to me to lead a program and be a part of so many lives. The hardest part of the decision is the loss of the brotherhood that comes with being part of a great coaching staff. I will miss the interaction and collective efforts we amassed every season and every week to prepare and win each game.”
Weigt wrote the following about Morrow: “Jim Morrow has always put the program and his players as a top priority. Jim’s professionalism and attention to detail are unmatched. Jim has always worked hard to promote his guys to be great people, students and athletes. Jim has always been a huge advocate of Harlem Athletics and of the vision for all our programs over the years. Harlem athletics will miss Jim, but we wish him well in each of his future endavors.”
The Harlem job is one of the most attractive coaching jobs in Northern Illinois with a large student body and a lot of skilled talent returning next season. That talent includes sophomore quarterback James Cooper, junior defensive back/receiver/kick returner Jalon Benson, junior receiver Brandt Hixson and junior tight end Dominic McCarren.