Football Coach

Years Played


Year Inducted


Morton coached the Bison for six seasons on the gridiron, leading NDSU to four conference titles (1981-82-83-84), four NCAA playoff appearances (1981-82-83-84), and three appearances in the national championship game (1981-83-84) with two NCAA runner-up finishes (1981 & 1984) and one national title (1983). His teams charted a remarkable 57-15 record over those six seasons including 10-3, 12-1, 12-1, and 11-2 campaigns the final four years.

A total of 29 football players earned first team All-North Central Conference honors during his tenure and five earned first team All-America honors. Eleven others were tabbed second- or third-team, or honorable mention All-Americans.

He left NDSU following the 1984 season for Division I Tulsa where he guided the Hurricane for two seasons, winning one Missouri Valley Conference title. Morton was named the head coach at the University of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference in 1987 and was the Badgers' head coach for four seasons.

He was an assistant regional manager for R.W. Rasmus Associates in Madison for three years and was a managing partner with Trumbull Investment Group of Fenton, Mich., from 1994 to 1996.

He returned to North Dakota State in the spring of 1996 as Associate Athletic Director for External Finances/Executive Director of Team Makers. He served in that capacity until January 1998 when he was named Assistant to the President and Director of University Relations at NDSU. Morton left NDSU in 1999 to work with the management group at Great Plains Software.

A native of Flint, Mich., he played football at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and earned a master's degree in educational administration from Western Illinois University.

He was an assistant coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., for six seasons and at NDSU for two seasons as the offensive backfield coach before becoming the Bison head coach.

He and his wife Susan have two grown children.