Dave Morgan enters his third season as an assistant soccer coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Colorado in 2017.
In his second season in 2016, he helped CU to one of its best seasons ever. The Buffs tied the school record for wins in a season, going 15-6-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the Pac-12 for a second-place finish in the conference. It was the best single-season turnaround in Pac-12 history as CU went from 12th place in 2015 to second in 2016, an improvement of 10 places. The Buffs also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked No. 23, the first time they have been ranked in the final poll since 2008.
In his first year in Boulder in 2015, he helped the Buffaloes to seven wins with a challenging schedule that featured seven nationally-ranked opponents.
CU also won the Colorado Cup in both 2015 and 2016, a competition among the six Division I colleges and universities in Colorado.
Morgan joined the Buffaloes’ staff after spending 13 seasons as an assistant with the Metro State Roadrunners women’s soccer team and is reunited with CU head coach Danny Sanchez after the duo spent six seasons together at Metro. During Morgan’s tenure with the Roadrunners, he helped the program win two national championships and eight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular season championships. He also helped guide Metro State to an impressive 13 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 13 years.
In 2011, Morgan was inducted into the Metro State Athletics Hall of Fame with the 2004 national championship team. His 2006 national championship team was inducted in 2015.
In addition to coaching collegiately, the Colorado native has extensive experience at the club level, where he has served as the College Advisory Program Director and ECNL Director for the Colorado Storm Soccer Association, and has been the Director of Coaching U-15 – U-18 girls since 2006.
Prior to joining the Storm, Morgan coached for the Colorado Xtreme Soccer Club where he won five state championships. He also served as a head Olympic Development Program state coach for ten years and a U.S. Soccer Federation’s Region IV Olympic Development Program staff coach for 12 years.
From 1988-94, Morgan was the head coach for the men and women’s varsity team at Wheat Ridge High School where he guided the program to a Jefferson County League Championship in 1991 and qualified for the state playoffs multiple years. During his tenure he earned multiple awards including Jeffco 5A Girls’ Soccer Coach of Year, Jeffco 5A Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year and State 5A Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year.
Before his days in coaching got underway, Morgan earned multiple honors playing at the high school and collegiate levels, and played on several club teams. He was a member of the Northglenn High School varsity soccer team from 1980-83 and was a 1983 All-America selection in high school by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. After high school, he continued his playing career at Metro State from 1983-87. As a student-athlete for the Roadrunners, Morgan was named a two-time NCAA/NAIA All-Star Selection in 1986-87 and a NAIA All-American in 1986. He won three straight State Championships from 1987-89 with the Colorado Comets U-23 Men’s team before spending two seasons with the Colorado Comets Amateur Soccer Club. Beginning in 1988, he played semi-professionally with SISL/USISL Colorado Comets Soccer Club where he earned a spot on the USISL All-Star Team twice.
Morgan is a Metro State graduate with a degree in sports club administration. He has also earned an Advanced National Diploma, National Diploma and Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) and holds a USSF “C” license as well as an ACEP Leader Level Certificate.