Coaching Staff Complete

Cornerbacks coach LaMar Morgan completes Clark Lea's initial coaching staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt head football coach Clark Lea completed his full-time coaching staff Thursday with LaMar Morgan as the cornerbacks coach.

A former Vanderbilt graduate assistant, Morgan finished a two-year stint (2019-20) as the cornerbacks coach at Louisiana Lafayette, his alma mater, before rejoining the Commodores. In 2020, Morgan helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 10-1 record (7-1 Sun Belt Conference) and 31-24 victory against UTSA in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.

Morgan’s secondary ranked second nationally in opposing quarterback rating (100.81) trailing only Northwestern (95.27). His group also stood sixth in the country in fewest passing yards allowed/game (170.6).

In his first year on staff in 2019, Morgan helped Michael Jacquet III to second team All-Sun Belt honors after Jacquet III finished tied for sixth on the team with 45 tackles and accounted for two interceptions and a forced fumble.

In one season as the safeties coach with Houston, in 2018, Morgan was directly responsible for two of the Cougars’ top-four tacklers in Gleson Sprewell (73) and Deontay Anderson (67).

Prior to Houston, Morgan spent two seasons (2016-17) as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana Monroe, where he had two defenders finish in the top three among Warhawk tacklers in Roland Jenkins (89) and Wesley Thompson (67).

From 2014-15, Morgan served as the defensive backs coach at Western Carolina. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt (2012-13) helping the Commodores to a top-23 nationally ranked defense that propelled the team to back-to-back 9-4 seasons and two bowl games appearances.

Morgan was a four-year letter winner and starter at safety for the Ragin’ Cajuns from 2003, 2005-07. The two-time captain played in 40 career games, finishing his career with 111 tackles, including four interceptions and nine pass breakups. Off the field, he was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy (then the Draddy Trophy) and was a two-time Sun Belt Commissioner’s List selection. He also appeared on the Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll five times.