No official records have been kept, but it's almost a certainty that Jack Morris is the winningest junior varsity coach in the history of Payson High School football.
With a five-year record of 27-8, Morris an employee of Foxworth Galbraith has been able to build an excellent understudy program that churns out players primed and ready to take the step up to varsity play.
As a former Longhorn player who was a member of the 1986 PHS team that advanced to the state championship before losing 7-0 to Snowflake, Morris has a strong gridiron background and a love for the game.
He was first coaxed into coaching in 1995 as a member of the Rim Country Middle School football staff.
That season, he helped lead the Maverick team in only its second year of existence to a 6-0 record and the White Mountain League championship. Many of those players went on to help the Longhorns win the 1998 state championship.
After leaving RCMS, Morris took over the high school jayvee program in 1996 and suffered through his only losing season, finishing with a 2-6 record.
The next campaign, 1998, turned out to be his best year as the jayvees finished with an 8-0 record. That team consisted mostly of the players he had two years earlier at RCMS.
Morris admits he was very fond of that group since he has spent so many seasons coaching them.
In both 1998 and '99, the junior varsity finished 7-1 under Morris and co-coach Jason Sweeney.
This year, Morris and Sweeney have the jayvees out to a 3-0 start and sport a team that could have the manpower to go undefeated.
Morris claims he doesn't know the secret behind his success. He just enjoys coaching the kids and putting them on the field each Thursday evening.
When he's not spending time with the younger players, Morris who played guard in high school also serves as a varsity assistant working mostly with the offensive and defensive lines.
The Arizona Baseball Academy has set the dates for its next set of Saturday baseball and softball instructional camps. Camps run from Sept. 30 to Dec. 16, and all sessions run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Academy.
All instructions center around teaching young athletes better awareness of the performance absolutes, biomechanics, physical, nutritional, and emotional aspects of competition.
Cost of the camps is $25 per session, and the camps are designed for player 7 to 14 years old.
The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 30 Hitting
Oct. 7 Pitching
Oct. 21 Catching
Oct. 28 Fielding
Nov. 4 Speed/Quickness
Nov. 18 Hitting
Dec. 2 Pitching
Dec. 9 Catching
Dec. 16 Fielding
The Arizona Baseball Academy is at 7615 W. Acoma in Phoenix.. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by calling (623) 978-0585.