From CSUN Hockey
The Matadors are proud to announce the hiring of Rob Morgan as Coach of the CSUN Ice Hockey Club. Morgan brings tremendous coaching experience at the NCAA and International level. Morgan, a native of Medicine Hat Alberta played his Junior hockey and College Hockey in Alberta.
He began his coaching career in Medicine Hat, Alberta before serving as the Athletics’ Director at Medicine Hat College. Morgan had his first year of collegiate hockey coaching in 2000 as Head Coach of the University of Lethbridge Women’s team.
He then headed east and took over as Athletic Director and Head Coach at North Country Community College (NY) for one season with their Women’s team, before making the jump to NCAA Division 1 with Dartmouth College Women’s team as an Associate Coach for 6 seasons.
Morgan made the jump to an NCAA Head Coach position with St. Norbert College D3 Women’s team in 2010-11 and was named NCHA Coach of the Year in 2013-14 after leading the team to a school record 19 wins. Morgan was at the helm for St. Norbert’s 2012-13 NCHA title and led the school to its first NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance.
Following St. Norbert’s, Morgan went back to NCAA Division 1 as the Associate Head Coach for Yale’s Women’s team for two seasons. After Yale, Morgan served as Head Coach of the Vanke Rays (Canadian Women’s Hockey League) and served as an Associate Head Coach of the Chinese Women’s National team.
In 2018, Morgan was named the first Head Coach of the Long Island University NCAA Division 1 Women’s Hockey program and led the Sharks in their first season of competition in 2019-20. LIU would win a conference championship that year in the inaugural season for the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance, defeating St. Anselm 1-0.
The Matadors are beyond thrilled to have Morgan lead the team. “I never thought we would have the chance to get someone with Rob’s ability behind the Matador bench. He has won at every level he has coached. The practices have been phenomenal and the team is buying in, I’m excited to see what we’re able to do in our first year back from the pandemic.”
Morgan and his wife moved from Long Island, NY to California so they could be a part of their grandson’s upbringing and close to their two children, but wanted to stay involved in hockey. “I’m excited to coach this team that has such a long-standing history of success! JP and the group have done an amazing job building the program and it certainly shows in the pride of the alumni and current players. It’s an honor and privilege to be named Head Coach. Together we’re looking forward to continued success and further developing our program.”
(Originally published at https://www.csunhockey.com/articles/morgan-to-lead-the-matadors-l8nq6wc7)