Pat Morris, a former defender with the Philadelphia KiXX, wrapped up his eighth season as an assistant coach on the Saint Joseph’s men’s soccer staff with former KiXX teammate and coach Don D’Ambra in Fall 2017.
The Hawks are coming off of a 3-11-4 season in 2017, with a 1-6-1 mark in Atlantic 10 action. Morris coached freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors, and Saint Joseph’s earned wins over Temple, Manhattan, and George Mason and draws with Hartford, VMI, Central Connecticut, and UMass. SJU’s win over Temple was the program’s first since 2013.
The Hawks went 6-11-1 season and 3-5-0 in the A-10 in 2016. Morris coached senior midfielder Bliss Harris and junior midfielder Matt Crawford to Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference honors, marking the first time the program had earned any type of All-Conference status since 2003. Saint Joseph’s earned non-conference wins over Howard, Hartford, and Central Connecticut State, improving to 4-0 all-time against Howard and earning the first wins in program history over Hartford and Central Connecticut State. SJU opened A-10 play with three consecutive wins for the first time since 2007.
In 2014, Morris helped coach the Hawks to an overall record of 7-7-4 to reach the program’s highest single-season win total since 2003. Saint Joseph’s jumped out to a 5-1-2 start to kick off the season, which marked the program’s best record over its first eight matches since 2002. Over a six-match stretch from September 5-24, the Hawks went 4-0-2, which was the program’s longest unbeaten stretch since 1994.
In 2013, Morris helped coach the Hawks to their first Atlantic 10 postseason appearance since 1994. Saint Joseph’s held a scoreless tie with George Mason before the Patriots advanced on penalty kicks. With the draw, the Hawks concluded their season with a 5-8-6 overall record, marking the first time since 2007 that the men’s soccer program had notched more than two league wins in one season.
A seven-time All-MISL selection, Morris’ professional career spanned 11 years, 10 of which he played for the KiXX. Morris captained the squad for eight seasons en route to earning the MISL’s Defender of the Year award twice, in 2005 and 2009. Totaling 150 goals in over 300 career games, Morris helped the KiXX to league titles in both 2001 and 2007. In 2010-11, his final season in the MISL, Morris earned his third MISL Defender of the Year honor with the Baltimore Blast.
In addition to playing for the KiXX, Morris became a Philadelphia KiXX camp instructor in 2001 and a site director after his first two years with the organization.
Morris is a former All-American, Philadelphia Soccer Seven MVP, and four-time All-Soccer Seven selection at Philadelphia University. He graduated in 1998 with a degree in finance and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
A native of Philadelphia, Morris is a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and former Philadelphia Catholic League MVP. He owns more than 30 international caps as a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team and has participated in the World Championships, Pan-American Games, and a CONCACAF qualifier.