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Phil Morgan - Pulaski

06/22/2012, 3:41pm CDT
By Wisconsin Sports Network


Phil was born on July 30, 1950 in Reedsburg, WI.  He was the oldest of 4 siblings (Cindy, Kevin, and Kerry), living in Lake Mills, WI.  At Lake Mills High School he played football, basketball and baseball, earning 7 letters.  His senior year, he led the conference co-champion football team in receptions, he was named Most Improved Player in basketball, and voted Most Valuable Player in baseball.

Morgan enrolled at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1968, majoring in physical education and biology.  He was a member of the UW-L football team, and played receiver.  Morgan was on the team for 4 years and earned a letter his senior year, playing mainly on special teams.  Aided by a recommendation from Eagles Head Coach, Roger Harring, Morgan was hired as head football coach at Adams-Friendship High School in 1973.
Morgan taught biology and coached at Adams-Friendship for 3 years, compiling a record of 4 - 23.  Morgan’s first win in 1973 broke a 31 game losing streak at A-F.  In 1976 he became a graduate assistant at the University of South Dakota, coaching receivers, and preparing weekly scouting reports.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education in 1977.
Morgan accepted a teaching position in science and physical education at Pulaski High School in 1977.   He also coached freshman football and the weight events in track.  In 1978 Morgan was promoted to offensive coordinator, and in 1980 the Red Raiders were undefeated in the Bay Conference and advanced to the WIAA Division 2 State Championship game, finishing as State Runner-up.  
In 1981 Morgan took over as the head football coach at Pulaski, and with the help of chief assistants Rock Mannigel and Byron Buelow, as well as other valued assistants, compiled a record of 130 wins and 103 losses. He remained in that position 24 seasons, retiring from coaching in 2004.  In that span Pulaski won 2 Bay Conference Championships and advanced to the playoffs 6 times.  Morgan was recognized as Bay Conference Coach of the Year in 1998, UW-L Alumni Coach of the Year in 1997, and WFCA District Coach of the Year in 1991.  He also coached the weight events for the Pulaski track team 25 years.
Phil appreciates the contributions of the many talented athletes and quality young people, and the many professional educators that helped make his career successful.

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