Duluth Football Club is happy to announce Sean Morgan as the club’s new head coach for the 2020 NPSL season. Morgan brings several seasons of experience as a player for Duluth FC to the sideline, along with a vast college career.
Morgan played over 80 matches for the College of St. Scholastica from 2012 to 2015. Along the way Morgan earned a reputation for his assist making, leading UMAC in 2014 with 24 and a spot in the All-UMAC First Team. Morgan is tied with fellow BlueGreen Joe Watt for the St. Scholastica men’s soccer program’s assist record at 73 career assists and holds the program record for most assists in one match.
The Belfast-born midfielder aided Duluth to both its conference and regional titles in 2017 and 2018 and is one of four Duluth FC players to score in the U.S. Open Cup. In addition to his talent on the ball, Morgan earned a reputation as a ruthless presence in the midfield, helping prevent chances for opposition on a weekly basis.
Morgan brings four years of assistant coach experience at St. Scholastica to the Duluth FC bench, developing his knowledge of the game off the pitch.
“I’m very proud to be named the Head Coach of Duluth F.C.,” Morgan explained. “Having played on the team for a few years I feel I know the club very well. As I’ve gotten older and can’t quite reach the same playing level anymore coaching seemed like a natural progression.”
The former DFC player, who has rooted himself in the Twin Ports since arriving for his education, feels that his time working as a coach at CSS has provided him great ways to improve as a leader.
“Through Barry, Dave and Kenny at CSS I’ve had the privilege of working with them and the college players for the last few years. This has allowed me to improve myself as a coach. I feel the time is right to take the next step and working with Duluth is an ideal place for me to be. As a member of the community here in Duluth it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to help enhance soccer in the area.”
Following two successful managers in Kyle Bakas, who left his position as head coach after 2017, and Joel Person, who did the same following the 2019 season, Morgan feels he can work well with the roster of developing talents Duluth FC regularly puts together.
“I’ve been around the game for a while and had the chance to work with some great coaches both at home in Ireland and in the US,” Morgan continued. “I want to help each player improve with every practice and game. I’m a firm believer in the players driving the atmosphere around the club and team by pushing each other but maintaining an open and fun environment with strong bonds and a sense of camaraderie. If we can bring these things together this year, I believe we will have every chance of success.”
Duluth Football Club is beyond excited to welcome back a club and fan favorite and to see where Morgan takes the club in its fourth NPSL season. The BlueGreens, under their new leadership, will kick off this summer.