Morrison returns to the pitch at Rocklin

By: Amanda Calzada, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Although he hasn’t always had the time for the game, Paul Morrison has always had a passion for soccer. Rocklin High School and the Rocklin soccer community is privileged to have Morrison step back onto the field as a coach, but this time, for the girls of Rocklin High. “I never really wanted to stop coaching high school, but time would not allow for it at the head coach level of commitment,” Morrison said. “I got lucky when the girls’ position opened up.” As a father of four and a current science teacher at Rocklin High, Morrison has juggled coaching three of his children’s teams: son Joshua’s at the under 9 level, daughter Madeline at the under 12 level, and his son Aidan at the under 7 level. He is excited to see his youngest child play when she gets older. Morrison started playing soccer when he was about 5, and advanced his athletic career to the college level at DeAnza junior college in Cupertino and at Chico State. Morrison’s 17 years coaching experience includes a spectrum of levels and ages. He began coaching in college when he coached a team of 6-year-olds. Fifteen of his coaching years have been at the high school level — both junior varsity, varsity and both boys and girls. For nine years, he was a head coach for the boys’ team at Rocklin and still helps out as an assistant coach under Grant Depue. He had lead the Varsity Boys to two league champion titles, as well as section championships twice in 2005 and 2007. In 2006, Rocklin were runners-up. This season, his goals for his team are “to enjoy the game of soccer. Working and learning together is the primary goal.” “He’s a very a nice person and he’s very precise,” said freshman Rachael Williams who enjoys Morrison’s coaching style. His secondary goal is to qualify for the playoffs and possibly the Championship, he said.