Clarkson President Denny Brown's written statement
Morris is no longer the head hockey coach at Clarkson University.
The University terminated his employment today.
When the University heard
of a Saturday, November 2, incident that involved Mr. Morris’
use of physical force and threatening conduct toward a Clarkson
player, it recognized that the situation merited serious examination.
initiated a thorough investigation, utilizing the services of an
independent interviewer, in order to determine an appropriate response
to the incident. Mr. Morris refused to participate in the investigation,
despite repeated attempts by the University to secure his cooperation.
The facts collected
from other witnesses to the incident indicated clear evidence of
conduct by Mr. Morris that was inappropriate for a Clarkson faculty
or staff member. This, coupled with Mr. Morris’ unwillingness
to participate in the process, left the University with no choice
but to terminate his employment.
This has been
a trying time for the hockey team and the coaches. They have demonstrated
great character by focusing on their games. We are confident that
the team will pull together and move forward to have a successful
In the meantime,
Fred Parker has been appointed interim head coach; Jason Lammers,
assistant coach, will be joined by another assistant coach. The
University will begin a national search for a permanent head coach
at a later date.
Morris fired as Clarkson head coach