Christian Morrison is in his 14th season at the helm of the Sacred Heart men and women's track program. Morrison has built the Pioneer track & field programs from the ground up, taking over the cross country programs in 1994 and serving as the only head coach of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams since their inception that year.
Morrison quickly built a successful Division II program and oversaw SHU's transition to Division I and the Northeast Conference in 1999. In Sacred Heart's short time in the NEC, Morrison has elevated the women's cross country program to the one of the elite in the conference culminating with a share of the 2005 league championship. His men's cross country team and both track & field teams have excelled as well, continuing their climb to the top of the NEC each year.
He has twice been named the Northeast Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, most recently after the 2005 Championship race where the Pioneers finished tied with Quinnipiac for a share of the title. Morrison also earned the honor in 2003 after guiding SHU to second place finish at the championship race where Katie Wrinkle took home the individual title.
Under his guidance, Sacred Heart has had seven runners earn All-NEC honors in cross country with Wrinkle leading the way as a four-time recipient. This past fall, Katie Duffy earned her second appearance on the all-conference list with a fourth place finish while freshman Kathleen Henry took home NEC Freshman of the Year honors after finishing 5th.
On the track, Morrison's teams have been equally impressive as the men finished a best-ever 4th at the 2005 NEC Indoor Championships. A pair of SHU athletes garnered awards as Arman Dixon was named Most Valuable Performer and Rookie of the Meet and Evan Lasher was named Most Outstanding Field Performer, a feat he repeated at the 2005 NEC Outdoor Championship.
In six short years of NEC membership, his athletes have won 17 individual and relay titles in conference championships. He has also mentored three individual New England Champions and Wrinkle earned USATF Junior All-American status under his guidance after participating in the steeplechase event at the Junior National Championship in Richmond, Virginia in 2001.
The Pioneers have also dominated the Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) Championships over the years where the women's team has collected eight-straight outdoor titles. Both teams have dominated at the CTC Indoor Relay Carnival where the women have taken nine-straight titles and the men eight. Morrison has collected numerous CTC Coach of the Year awards over the years. During SHU's Division II years, Morrison coached three individual ECAC Division II champions.
A 1986 graduate of Marist College, Morrison captained the school's cross country and track & field teams his junior and senior years. He set Red Fox school records in the 1,500-meters and as part of the 4x800 relay team during his collegiate career.
He earned his law degree graduating from the Indiana University School of Law in 1990. Before coming to Sacred Heart, the Waterford, Connecticut native was an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams at DePaul University from 1992-94.