Born: March 23, 1971 (Benkelman, NE)
Graduated: Buhler High School, 1990; Fort Hays State University, 1996
There is really only one word that can describe the Butler Community College Grizzly football program under the guidance of head coach Troy Morrell: dominate. From 2000 to 2014, no other junior college in that nation won more football games than the Grizzlies.
Before he became a legendary football coach, Troy Morrell was making a name for himself as a player. Growing up in Atwood before moving to Buhler where he graduated high school, Morrell earned All-State lineman recognition as both a junior and senior. He played at Butler Community College earning Academic All-American honors in 1991 before finishing his playing career at Fort Hays State University.
Morrell began his coaching career in 1996 as the offensive line coach at Butler Community College. In 1998, after just two seasons of coaching, Morrell was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Grizzlies. During his two seasons in charge of Butler's offense, the Grizzlies claimed back-to-back National Championships and Morrell coached an offense that saw one of his players earn the Junior College National Player of the Year in running back Rudi Johnson.
In 2000, Morrell was named the head coach of the Grizzlies and the winning tradition continued. Morrell's team won nine consecutive Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) titles from 2001 to 2010 on their way to a 86-9 record during that span. That span also included three National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships in 2003, 2007, and 2008.
In total, Morrell claimed twelve KJCCC titles, ten Region VI Championships, three National Titles, and played in thirteen bowl games in fifteen seasons. His career coaching record of 154-22 is the highest winning percentage (.875) in NJCAA history, edging out 2004 KSHOF Inductee Dick Foster.
Morrell was recognized five times as the KJCCC Coach of the Year and was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2007. Morrell was inducted to the NJCAA Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.