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Default WHOOPS! "Hours later, he was discovered on the trail, paralyzed fromthe chest down"


IU strength coach Morris overcomes accident to resume career

Mar. 5, 2014 6:51 PM |

Tom Morris is an IU weightlifting coach who was severely injured in a mountain bike accident a couple of years ago. / Submitted photo

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Zach Osterman

Age: 34
Position: He works with Indiana's men's soccer and women's basketball teams as the strength and conditioning coach.
Resides: Bloomington.
Personal: Grew up in Jeansville, Pa., a two-hill mining town two hours from Philadelphia. Oldest of three brothers. Father died when he was 16. "It was almost like he was a weird combination of a best friend/father figure/older brother all rolled into one," younger brother Cody said. Marr
Family: Christa Morris grew up a mile away, in Tresckow. They started dating when he was in ninth grade and she was in seventh grade. "She wouldn't leave me alone," Tom said, grinning. They were married in 2006 and live with their boxer Tyson.
College: Tom and Christa went to Penn State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a master's degree in education and health education, then moved to Philadelphia, where Tom worked for a year as a strength coach at La Salle. In 2005, he started at IU.

BLOOMINGTON - The Memorial Stadium weight room is laid out like a maze, but Tom Morris has memorized all of its turns, corners and angles.

Indiana's 25,000-square-foot performance center, which opened in 2009, is one of the largest weight rooms in college athletics. For Morris, it's a laboratory where he prepares 18-to-23-year-olds for the rigors of Big Ten men's soccer and women's basketball.

When Curt Miller, Indiana's women's basketball coach, arrived in Bloomington in the spring of 2012, he quickly pegged Morris, the veteran strength and conditioning coach, as critical to turning his program around.

But less than two months after Miller was hired, Morris was taken away from the team for an entire season after a catastrophic mountain biking accident.

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