FULTON • Itawamba Community College named Priscilla Morgan as its first women’s volleyball coach on Wednesday.
ICC announced in April that the school was adding volleyball to its athletic programs. ICC is the second school in the state to begin a women’s volleyball program, joining Pearl River Community College.
Morgan, a native of Wilmer, Alabama, has head coaching experience at Texas Wesleyan University and the University of the Southwest.
In her one season at Texas Wesleyan in 2017, she led the team to a 27-7 record and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament.
At the University of the Southwest, she led the team to a 24-9 record in her second season, the best record in school history. During that 2016 season, Southwest played for the Red River Athletic Conference championship.
Overall, she has a 61-36 record as a college head coach.
“I’m very thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to be the very first head coach at Itawamba Community College,” Morgan said. “I really have been attracted to the leadership here at ICC that decided to make the investment in our sport, and I promise they will have a good return on their money for it.”
Before becoming a head coach, Morgan coached at Missouri Southern State University, the University of Tulsa, Southeastern Louisiana University, and was a graduate student at Middle Tennesseey.
In college, she played volleyball at Belhaven University and was a two-year captain. She helped lead the Blazers to the 2006 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship, and she served as the interim head coach for four months during the spring of her junior season.
“It’s been 12 years and it feels like coming home again,” Morgan said. “It feels good to be back in an area that you know and go back and find those relationships that maybe tailed off a little bit.”
The Indians will not play during the 2019 season, which will be dedicated to establishing the foundation of the program. Starting in 2020, ICC will play as an independent and will mostly face teams out of Alabama and Florida.
Morgan said she will spend much of the upcoming year on recruiting, and she would like to use her past coaching success to convince athletes that ICC is where they want to go to school.
“I’m going to be really busy,” Morgan said. “It won’t feel like it’s an off year by any means. I am going to be really visible in the community with camps and helping the local high schools.
“I think that part of our responsibility as collegiate coaches is to make our community better.”