Mick Morris takes over Hellgate football program

Mick Morris takes over Hellgate football program
Mick Morris is shown coaching for Conrad at the 2015 Class B-C State softball tournament in this Butte Sports file photo. (Jason Silvernail photo)

MISSOULA — Butte native Mick Morris was named head football coach at Missoula Hellgate High School, the school announced Tuesday.

The Missoulian first reported on the story of Morris taking over the Knights after three years at Conrad. The Butte High and University of Montana graduate led the Class B Cowboys to the playoffs twice in three years. That includes a run to the semifinals in 2014.

Morris takes over a program that hasn’t reached the postseason since 1994.

“I took the job for the long-term, I’m in it for the long run,” Morris told the Missoulian. “I know that it’s going to take a while to get this thing turned around. … It’s obviously a daunting task, but it’s something I think I’m up for and I’m excited about it.”

Morris also coached the girls’ fastpitch softball team in Conrad. His team won its second straight state Class B-C title last month in Kalispell.

Before heading to Conrad, Morris was an assistant coach in Nampa, Idaho. Morris played basketball and football at Butte High School. He also played American Legion baseball in Butte.

Morris is the son of Randy and Emily Morris of Butte.

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