Richard Morris

Richard Morris coached at Kerr Junior High School in Del City from 1981-88, including coaching four-time NCAA champion, three-time Oklahoma state high school champion and National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member Pat Smith. An avid bicyclist, Morris had a terrible accident on a mountain bike while visiting his son, Dustin, out of state in 2017. In an instant, he became a quadriplegic and spent six months in the hospital. Through hard work and prayer, Morris has adapted to his new normal and is living more independently than ever thought possible. He has modified feeding utensils, a modified fishing pole and even a modified lawn mower to help him do many of the things he enjoys. He was recognized in 2019 with the INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Courage Award, honoring individuals who have overcome disabilities caused by injury or illness, by facing the physical and mental challenges of rehabilitation with courage and determination. Morris also officiated and coached junior high basketball, football and baseball and high school tennis. He went on to coach at Carl Albert High School. Morris wrestled at Del City High School and attended the University of Central Oklahoma.


Medal of Courage

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