Brian Maisonneuve, who is entering his third year as head coach of the Buckeyes, announced the hiring of Travis Morris as an assistant coach of the Buckeyes men’s soccer team Thursday. Morris will coach the Ohio State goalkeepers, plan daily trainings, assist with recruiting and video work along with helping with day-to-day operations.
“We are so fortunate to add Travis to our staff,” Maisonneuve said. “Travis has a true passion for soccer and I love the way he sees the game. But what separates Travis is his desire to teach and help student-athletes continue to grow on and off the field. Travis is a wonderful person and is a huge addition to our program.”
The HPU Panthers won back-to-back Big South regular-season titles with Morris on staff, with the team tallying its most successful season in its Division I history during the 2018 campaign. In Morris’ second year with the Panthers, the program reached the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament for the first time in history while ranking as high as No. 12 in the national polls. In Morris’ third year with the Panthers, the team tallied 13 wins, one of only eight teams in the country to do so in back-to-back seasons.
Under the tutelage of Morris, Panther goalkeepers have turned in 22 clean sheets between 2017-19 while averaging 0.87 goals allowed per contest. Goal Keeper, Keegan Meyer was selected overall 43rd in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, the highest professional draft pick from any sport in HPU history.
Morris served as the goalkeeper coach at Belmont for three seasons from 2014-16. He helped to plan day-to-day training sessions for the
team and planned all goalkeeper training sessions. His other duties included coordinating travel, recruiting and video work. Morris also helped to organize and run all Belmont Soccer camps.
Prior to his time at Belmont, Morris served as a graduate assistant earning his Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership and was a volunteer assistant over two seasons at VCU. He helped guide the Rams to back-to-back at-large NCAA Tournament bids in 2012 and 2013.
Morris graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelors in Health and Physical Education in 2012 after a four-year playing career with the Eagles.
He holds an USSF National “D” Coaching License and an NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Coaching Diploma.
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