WWU names Morgan as top assistant coach


Former Viking standout Claire Morgan has been named the top assistant women's soccer coach at Western Washington University. Making that announcement Wednesday was head coach Travis Connell.

Morgan, who graduated from WWU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in recreation, has directed the women's soccer program at Whatcom Community College the past three seasons, posting a record of 28-11-18 (64.9 percent).

The Orcas reached the quarterfinals at the Northwest Washington Athletic Association of Community Colleges Tournament in each of the last two years, Morgan being named Northern Region Coach of the Year both times. They finished 10-2-8 in 2013, 11-4-4 in 2012 and 7-5-6 in 2011.

"Our players and I are excited to have Claire join our coaching staff," Connell said in a news release. "As an alum, she bleeds blue and white and understands what is important to our program. She will help with almost all aspects of the team from coaching on the field to recruiting."

The 25-year-old Morgan, who graduated from Bellingham High School, finished her four-year WWU career as the school's all-time leader in assists with 27, seventh in points with 77, and 10th in goals with 25. She was a three-time, first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star.

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