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Morgan Recognized as 2018-19 RRAC Athletic Director of the Year

WACO, Texas — In just three years as athletic director, Lucas Morgan has spearheaded major developments at LSU Shreveport and driven further success for the program at the conference and national levels. For his efforts, Morgan was selected as the 2018-19 RRAC Athletic Director of the Year.

The RRAC Athletic Director of the Year award recognizes the leader who had the best year in overall program improvement, facility development, game administration, NAIA Champions of Character commitment, ability to hire and keep quality coaches, program growth in sports and revenue opportunities, contributions at the conference and national levels, and student-athlete development. The award is decided through a vote by all RRAC athletic directors.

Morgan has been focused on creating a championship atmosphere for student-athletes athletically, academically and socially. Under his guidance, LSUS has claimed 10 RRAC championships, made 10 national tournament appearances (including a trip to the NAIA men’s basketball Fab Four in 2018), and propelled more than half of its student-athletes to GPA’s of 3.0 or better. The Pilots have enjoyed 16 NAIA All-America selections and 81 all-conference recognitions.

To top it off, LSUS is a mainstay in the Shreveport community with hundreds of hours of team support for local schools and homeless shelters.

“What a tremendous honor for Lucas – one that is well deserved,” comments LSUS Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kyle Blankenship. “I know that I speak for all of our coaches and staff when I say that we are extremely fortunate to have him as our AD. He has helped provide us all with the resources we need to take our programs to the next level, and we are all thankful for his leadership and service to LSUS Athletics.”

Morgan has hired standout head coaches in baseball, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s soccer in addition to women’s basketball earlier this week. He guided the rebirth of the Pilots’ men’s and women’s soccer programs in 2017-18. This year, the LSUS men tied for the regular season RRAC title, and the women won the RRAC women’s soccer tournament.

LSUS also served as host for the RRAC Baseball Championship for the ninth consecutive year. Pilot Field provides a first-rate facility, while Morgan and his team have executed outstanding tournaments.

“Lucas puts the best interests of student-athletes and the RRAC as a whole at the forefront of his vision and his decisions,” says Adam Jonson, Athletic Director at LSU Alexandria. “Additionally, he continues to work at the national level to advance the NAIA and its objectives.”

Morgan leads the efforts of the LSUS athletic booster club (Crew Club) and the department’s overall fundraising activities. Morgan has led the charge in growing the Pilots’ staff, budget, and athletic facilities. In the past three years, LSUS has also added the administrative positions of Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, Director of Athletic Events and Operations, and Assistant Athletic Trainer. The budget and scholarships have also more than doubled during his tenure.

Athletic facility construction has included numerous upgrades to Pilot Field which has a new brick and wrought iron entrance, a brick backstop with extended safety netting, branded windscreens down both lines, new turf in the indoor training facility and bullpens, and a new outfield wall. The Pilots’ basketball gym, affectionately known as The Dock, has also received new paint, LED lighting, and the addition of chair back seating. Upgrades to the soccer complex include new locker rooms with custom wood lockers, new bleachers with a climate-controlled press box, and a high end TifTuf Bermuda grass playing surface. There has also been new construction on the tennis courts and many more upgrades are in the works.

“Our goals will be to prepare our graduating student-athletes to flourish in their careers, continue to grow the LSUS athletics brand, and win championships,” says Morgan. “This is a special place and I look forward to celebrating the success of our student-athletes, coaches, and University.”

Morgan was once a basketball student-athlete himself at Dodge City Community College (Kan.) and Newman University (Kan.), later going on to earn his B.A. in education in exercise science from Wichita State University (Kan.). He then earned a Master of Science in physical education/exercise and sports science, specializing in athletics and sports business administration, from the University of Central Missouri.

Morgan’s career in athletic administration began in 2011 when he was hired as the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Services at William Jewell College (Mo.).  He was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics a couple years later where he was also responsible for managing coaches of the baseball, swimming and golf teams, the NCAA compliance department, athletics financial aid for 20 sports programs, and corporate partnership program.

Morgan resides in Bossier City and is married to Savoeun Morgan and they have three children: Nash Morgan, Amaya Douglas and Alexis Douglas.

RRAC Athletic Directors of the Year

2008-09 Michael Galvan, Southwest
2009-10 Kevin Millikan, Texas Wesleyan
2010-11 Michael Galvan, Southwest
2011-12 Michael Galvan, Southwest
2012-13 Jack Hank, Our Lady of the Lake
2013-14 Janet Eaton, Wiley
2014-15 Jack Hank, Our Lady of the Lake
2015-16 Dr. Joseph Morale, Wiley
2016-17 Donnita Drain-Rogers, Langston
2017-18 Adam Jonson, LSU Alexandria
2018-19 Lucas Morgan, LSU Shreveport

Story by Darin David

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