By Ryan Murken
Your Prep Sports
With more than 15 years of experience as an administrator, Liberty High principal Scott Kibby knew exactly what qualities he was looking for in an activities director.
Kibby believes he has found someone with everything he was looking for.
Mike Morrison was announced as the first activities director at Liberty High on Wednesday and will begin his new position around July 1.
Morrison has spent the last 28 years as a teacher, administrator and coach at West Delaware High School in Manchester.
“Mike is the full package in terms of school leadership,” Kibby said. “His role will be assistant principal but he is so talented in so many other areas.”
Morrison emerged from a large list of applicants that was narrowed down to five finalists that interviewed this week.
According to Kibby, each of the five finalists were current athletic directors in Iowa.
“They were all really good, I had a great problem I had four 3A ADs and one 4A AD in my pool and it’s been that way across the board in all my hiring,” Kibby said. “My candidate pool has been awesome.”
An Iowa native and graduate of Central Lee High School and William Penn College the 50-year-old Morrison has been at West Delaware since 1989 where he has served as activities director and assistant principal since 2013.
Before his time in administration Morrison taught everything in the math department from pre-algebra to calculus.
Morrison was the head baseball coach at West Delaware from 1993-2013, compiling a 530-263 career record.
He led West Delaware to the state tournament seven times and made a pair of state title game appearances, winning a state title in 2007.
“Everything that Mike does he does with excellence,” Kibby said. “He has a couple of state championships and he’s teaching AP calculus, he is so smart he is the whole package he just does everything with excellence. I’m just so excited to have him, he’s super pumped and his energy and passion is great.”
During his time at West Delaware Morrison was an assistant football and basketball coach before becoming activities director and assistant principal in 2013.
“He is not just an athletic guy he is a huge supporter of the arts whether it’s band, choir or speech and he has a huge heart of special Olympics and does some really neat stuff for special Olympians,” Kibby said. “People will be drawn to him he’s going to be great for our community, he is so excited to come down.
Liberty High already has two head coaches hired for next season.
Jeff Kelley has been hired as the head softball coach and Randy Dolson will lead the volleyball program
Liberty High will open this fall and compete as an independent before joining the Mississippi Valley Conference in all sports for the 2018-2019 school year.