On the afternoon of Sept. 1, I received a phone call from Jim Maready and he told me that we lost Allan Morris to a fatal heart attack. I couldn't believe what he said and made him tell me again. Those words just knocked the wind right out of me.
Coming back to Crescent City to coach has been a great experience for me. One of the reasons that this has been such a great experience is the privilege I had working with Allan.
I first met Allan when he was coaching youth football. He had an easy way about him where you could tell he was in charge and knew what he was doing, but never raised his voice to yell at players when they made a mistake. He made corrections in a very positive way.
When I took over as head coach for the Del Norte Warriors I needed
someone to work with the linebackers, so I asked Allan if he would like
to volunteer to take on that responsibility.
He said "yes," and a very special friendship started. It was only a
short time until I realized that Allan's knowledge of our whole defense
was such that I went to him and said "the defense is yours," as our
defense just got better and better.
In my 36 years of coaching I have never had a more loyal,
hard-working assistant. We became not only close coaching partners but
he became a treasured friend. When I retired, Allan continued coaching
for new head coach, Lewis Nova. They had several very successful years
together, and Coach Nova developed the same respect for him that I had.
When I took over as the head coach for what was then the Siskiyou
Savages in the Oregon football league, a team that later became the Wild
River Storm, I asked Allan to take over the defense for me.
This team made up of ex-college and high school players developed a
respect for Allan that is hard to explain. He was more than a coach, as
he and his wife Susie took the players in like they were family.
Allan's defensive expertise became so well-respected that other teams
in the league wanted to hire him as their defensive coordinator. He had
In February, Allan lost the love of his life, his wife Susie. That
was a hard day for all of us. When I talked to Allan's twin sons, Abel
and Justin, they both said that their dad just died of a broken heart
and now he and Susie are together again. This is a comfort to all of us
that loved this super couple.
We will miss you both.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte
High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and
graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt
State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a
number of years before retiring.