James W. "Jim" Morgan

Inducted 2009

Renowned Baylor coach Jim Morgan had already made a name for himself at UTC when he joined the Baylor faculty in 1985. But even with his coaching successes, Jim sees himself as a science teacher first and was named the 2002 ACS Chemistry Teacher of the Year.

As a student at UC (now UTC), Jim lettered in wrestling and won the Dale-May Scholar-Athlete Award his senior year, the same year he served as class vice-president. In 1968, Jim became the head wrestling coach and tennis coach at UTC and in 1975 was named NCAA Division II Wrestling Coach of the Year. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and he is a member of the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.

Jim has directed the state wrestling tournament for 24 years, and he recently received the TSSAA Distinguished Service Award.

His win-loss record at Baylor since 1986-2010 was 539-84-1. His teams won nine state traditional championships, six state duals championships; he coached 59 individual state champs, one national high school champion, and one NCAA champion. Jim also coached track and Lower School cross country.

He received both his BS and MEd from UTC and completed additional study at Capitol University and Emory University.

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