The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Mark Morris as the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Morris spent the 2014-2015 season behind the Panthers bench as an assistant coach and handled the team’s defensive duties.
Before joining the Panthers almost a year ago, he coached the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs for eight seasons, with a 338-224-66 record. Morris holds Manchester franchise records for most regular-season games coached (552), and also holds the records for regular-season wins (338), and post-season wins (52). The Monarchs reached the Calder Cup playoffs seven of the eight seasons Morris coached there. The 57 year old has experience developing players that often go on to have fantastic careers in the NHL, including names such as Willie Mitchell, Jonathan Quick, and Brian Boyle.
Morris also coached at Clarkson University, where, in 21 seasons as head coach, he never had a losing record. With a record of 306-152-42, he holds the Clarkson record for regular-season wins. In the post-season, Morris led the Golden Knights to a 39-19-1 record, with 9 playoff appearances in 14 years, and a Frozen Four appearance in 1991.
Ron Francis, Carolina’s GM, says this of Morris:
“Mark is an experienced head coach whose teams never had a losing record in 21 seasons at Clarkson and with Manchester, He is a proven teacher of the game who has been a part of developing successful NHL players.”
The Panthers are back to having two assistant coaches with John Madden and Mike Kelly remaining behind the bench. As Mark Morris begins his new journey in Charlotte, we at Cats on the Prowl would like to wish him good luck, and thank him for his time in Sunrise!