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West Point football promotes assistant Morgan to head coach

Jan. 8—Brett Morgan is the new man in charge of West Point football.

The longtime assistant coach replaces Chris Chambless, who retired following the 2023 season. Chambless led the Green Wave for 18 years and led them to seven state championships, including the Class 5A title this past fall.

Morgan, 40, has been on West Point's staff since 2009 and has served as offensive coordinator since 2015.

"It's a huge honor," Morgan said. "It's just so much bigger than me. It's not only about me, it's about us, it's about we, it's about our program and the foundation that has been set by coach Chambless. We're going to be able to keep our staff, which I think is one of the best staffs, if not the best staff, in Mississippi."

Football runs deep in Morgan's blood. He played for his father, Robert Morgan, at Warren Central. The elder Morgan was head coach there for 19 seasons (1985-2003), and Brett's brother Josh has been leading that program since 2010.

Brett Morgan also played at Mississippi under both Jackie Sherrill and Sylvester Croom, and he was a graduate assistant coach for three years under the latter.

He then took a job at West Point coaching the wide receivers. It's the only high school at which Morgan has coached.

"Nobody can fill coach Chambless' shoes," Morgan said. "If I go into this trying to be the next Chris Chambless, I'm setting myself up for failure, I'm setting our program up for failure. I have to do the best I can possibly do and trust the me we have in place. ...

"At West Point High School, we work every day to be state champions, and that will not change. That will never change when i'm there or the next man after me."

This past season, Morgan's West Point offense averaged 346.6 rushing yards and 34 points per game. The attack was led by running back Kahnen Daniels, the Daily Journal's Offensive Player of the Year and a Florida signee.

brad.locke@journalinc.com