Jim Morris graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1953 where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball. He went on to become a beloved coach and the first Athletic Director at IU Southeast.
Morris joined the University in 1975 and retired in 2000. He served as both athletics director and men's basketball coach. Morris strives to treat others as he would want to be treated, and credits his success at IU Southeast to his former staff and players.
A U.S. Army veteran, Morris also was a teacher and worked for the Courier-Journal newspaper. He began coaching basketball at age 22 at Flaget High School in Louisville where he led the 1960 team to a state championship and was named Kentucky High School Coach of the Year. He later coached for New Albany High School before entering the college arena at Oscar Rose Junior College and Indiana State University.
Off the court, Morris is an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he taught high school religious education. He is also involved in school mentoring programs and serves on the scholarship committee for Community Foundation.