Jason Morris has stepped down as head wrestling coach at Carroll County High School after 10 years in that position.
Morris, who came to CCHS from Marion in 2003, said he needed more time to be with his family. CCHS assistant wrestling coach Joe Shumate has also stepped down.
“It’s just kind of the way it worked out. It’s not some big protest or anything,” Morris said. “You would have to ask Joe the reason he decided to give it up, but I needed a break. I decided to take a year off. I have a family at home I have been missing. I would have never imagined both of us stepped down at the same time, but it’s just the way it happened.”
Morris, who also headed up the Carroll County Middle School and youth wrestling programs, said all the traveling, competing and offseason work that goes along with wrestling had just become too much.
“It gets harder to do every year. It could be because I am getting old and have a family, but I’m just really look forward to having time off,” Morris said. “Usually every Wednesday and Thursday involves me in the wrestling room. Last week was the first week we didn’t have to worry about where I was going to be. My daughter is five, starts school next year, and it’s pretty-time consuming when you have a child. It’s been a juggling act for years.”
Add in the fact that he was traveling from Wytheville to Carroll every day, and he felt it was the right time to make a change. It was not an easy decision.
“The worst part for me is I feel terrible for some of the kids left. I feel bad for Gavin Scott. It’s not an easy decision for me to make,” Morris said. “For me, it’s always been about the kids, getting the kids to train and become men.”
Morris said he won’t rule out coaching altogether, but he might return to the sport as a referee or in some other capacity in the future.