Broken Arrow mourns loss of track and field coach Scott Morgan

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Broken Arrow community is mourning the loss of Scott Morgan.

Scott Morgan, affectionately known as “Coach Mo” or “Coach Scotty” to his students and colleagues, is being remembered as a man who seized every opportunity to teach his students, even his students that were serving in-school suspensions.

Morgan died suddenly on Monday, just as students were preparing to come back from Christmas break.

Tara Thompson is the chief communications officer for Broken Arrow Public Schools. She said found out about Morgan’s death on Monday night.

“It’s a text message you don’t ever want to get,” she said, “On Monday, night, I found out one of our beloved coaches, Coach Morgan, or Coach Mo, as everyone affectionately called him, had passed away. In the time since then, it’s been a little bit of a whirlwind. Everyone’s in shock.”

It was the day before students were returning from Christmas break.

On Wednesday, Morgan’s fellow coaches remembered him for his love of coaching and his love for his family. His fellow coaches said he even coached the other coaches to put their own families first.

Scott Morgan coached and taught for 32 years, starting in Broken Arrow Public Schools in 1990, then going to Catoosa Public Schools in 1998 and returning to his roots at Broken Arrow Public Schools, where he coached freshman football and track and field since 2002.

He also taught Physical Education, Health and this year, in-school suspension.

Thompson said Morgan was her Health teacher when she was in school.

“It’s been more than 20 years and I still remember his class and how he made each student feel valued and he remembered all of our names and he really had expectations for us in every class,” she said, “It wasn’t just on the field that he was pouring into students, it was in the classroom, too.”

Morgan led the Broken Arrow boys’ track and field team to the 2013 State Championships, the first track championship in the school’s history. Tiffany Jones, the assistant principal at Broken Arrow High School, coached the track team with Morgan then.

“That was a dream to win a school championship and it had never been done in school history,” she said, “The comradery that we as coaches had, that was, without question, the tightest group on our coaching staff…Just to share it with Scotty was amazing and then, Scotty’s relationships with other coaches from other schools, people were genuinely happy for him as the head coach, that they got to see him because he was such a phenomenal person.”

Morgan was married with two children and four grandchildren. He and his wife Kelley were raising two of their grandchildren at the time of his death.

Morgan’s son Trevor is a firefighter for the Broken Arrow Fire Department and a GoFundMe was started by Broken Arrow firefighters to help the Morgan family with funeral expenses.





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