Morgan takes over at JCA
by Lori Tippets
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With Dr. Tommy Miller stepping down as head coach at Jacksonville Christian Academy, his former assistant Scott Morgan has become the new boys’ head basketball coach.

Morgan has been at JCA for 22 years and has been Miller’s basketball assistant.

Before coming to JCA Morgan coached the varsity girls’ basketball at Westminster/Westbrook Christian for three years accumulating a 65-16 record. Morgan also coached the girl’s volleyball and softball teams while at Westminster.

Morgan is a graduate of Westminster Christian School in Rainbow City and Samford University in Birmingham.

While at JCA Morgan has coached volleyball for 21 years, junior high volleyball for 17, varsity baseball for six season, varsity softball for six seasons and many years of junior high girls and boys basketball.

“I am excited that Dr. Miller has given me this opportunity,” said Morgan. The challenge is not just to replace the almost 900 wins Coach Miller has achieved over his career but to become the mentor and spiritual leader for these young men that Coach Miller has been over the years. I have seen how important he has been in the lives of so many young men and women.

“The spiritual leader he has been and the life lessons he has been able to teach through athletics is much bigger and more important the x’s and o’s of the individual sports.

“Trophies may someday be put in the back of the closet, team pictures will fade, crack and turn to dust but our relationship with Jesus Christ is for eternity. That’s what JCA has always been about and we’re not changing.”

JCA has eight players on their team this year, with six of those being returning players. Tyler Morales, Dakota Crook and Will Parris are seniors and have started for two years. Daylon Brackett, a junior, is also a two-year starter.

The Thunder is 4-3 with wins over GSD, Gaylesville, ASD, and Cedar Bluff. Losses have come to Coosa Christian, Donoho and Faith Christian.

JCA is in 1A area 10 with Faith Christian, Donoho, Ragland and Sacred Heart, all of whom should be very competitive this year.

Morgan is expecting rebounding to be strength this year for the Thunder, who have averaged over 40 rebounds a game through their first four games.

Parris and Brackett are both averaging in double-figures for rebounding.

While the starting lineup has changed during the first six games, Morales, Crook, Parris, senior Alex Jones and Brackett and eighth grader Walker Messer have seen a lot of playing time. Morgan says that new players Jones and Messer “are both good shooters and scorers and have helped with ball handling. Also, our two freshmen players, Jayden Mitchell and Josh Boling, are both very quick and provide us a lift when they go in the game.”

Morgan expects 6’4” Brackett along with Jones and Crook to be his leading scorers this year. Morales and Parris have won two games for the Thunder this year with last second game-winning shots. Messer has also been in double figures twice this year.

Morgan feels that the Thunder will have a very balanced offense this season.
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