John Morris joined the Colorado State staff in June of 2012 as the athletic department's first deputy athletic director. As deputy athletic director, Morris will run all day-to-day operations of the athletic department.
Prior to coming to Colorado State, Morris served as the senior associate athletic director for the Washington Huskies for eight years. In Seattle, Morris managed several sports programs, in addition to overseeing the athletic department's NCAA rules compliance program and the student-athlete academic support unit.
Morris also spent two-and-a-half years as the assistant athletic director for compliance and student services at Sacramento State and three years with the NCAA. In Sacramento, he supervised the operation of the athletics advising office and life skills office, and oversaw the operation of four sports. While with the NCAA, Morris spent two years as the associate director of membership services/coordinator of interpretations, where he was the primary NCAA interpretations contact for various Division-I conferences.
He began his professional career in intercollegiate athletics at Vanderbilt, working as a compliance assistant during the 1997-98 academic year. Away from athletics, he was also an attorney for the firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Rered in Orlando.
Morris earned his bachelor of arts degrees in French and political science from Vanderbilt in 1990, and his law degree from Vanderbilt's School of Law in 1993.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Morris lives with his wife, Taylor, and son, Oliver.