Girls Basketball

Southlake Carroll girls basketball coach announces retirement after 29 years

Carroll head coach Teri Morrison (center) is shown coaching her team in this file photo. Morrison resigned as head coach after 29 years Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Carroll head coach Teri Morrison (center) is shown coaching her team in this file photo. Morrison resigned as head coach after 29 years Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. senglish@star-telegram.com

Carroll girls basketball coach and girls athletic coordinator Teri Morrison, author of 209 wins and seven playoff appearances since 2009, announced her retirement Tuesday.

Morrison, 58, will finish the school year and complete her contract through June 19. She spent 35 years in the sport, 29 as a head coach. Morrison was 678-293 for her career, 206-97 at Carroll. Before Carroll, she was the head coach at Mesquite Poteet, Royce City and Waco Midway.

“It’s time,’’ Morrison said. “It’s neat to own your own destiny. I loved the nine years that I spent at Carroll. There were some really fantastic parent groups that I was a part of. There are a lot of people I will miss. I’m ready for a new direction.’’

Morrison had one of the most high profile jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her teams averaged nearly 23 wins per season and won district championships from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

Her 2011-12 team reached the highest peak at 31-4. Carroll’s deepest playoff runs was to the Region I quarterfinals for four consecutive seasons (2011-14).

However, the last three seasons were a bit of the struggle. While the 2015-16 team made the playoffs, it was eliminated in the bi-district round. Carroll missed the playoffs in the last two seasons. The 2017-18 Lady Dragons were in the playoff hunt until the season finale last week. They lost to Flower Mound in overtime, 63-57.

“For me looking at the landscape, I set high standards,’’ Morrison said. “The last three years were not where I wanted them to be. I think every player got better this year. But everything has an expiration date. I want to leave this better than I how I found it. I had fun here.’’

Morrison has given her life to the game.

She was a coach in the 2011 McDonald’s All-American game and served as a court coach for USA basketball in the summer of 2014.

Her program produced eight players who went on to play some level of college basketball. Guard Kennedy Leonard (Colorado), post Anna Hurlburt (Arkansas-Little Rock) and guard Kami Mickens (SMU) were the notable Division I signees.

Morrison plans to relocate to Santa Fe, N.M. but remain in the game. She said she has opportunities to work local events focusing on leadership and skills. She wouldn’t rule out a return to coaching in another state.

A search to find Morrison’s successor will begin immediately, Carroll athletic director Darren Allman said.

This is the second major coaching move involving Tarrant County girls high school basketball within the last year. Euless Trinity’s Sue Cannon retired after the 2016-17 season.

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