Bobbi Morgan is set to begin her 12th season as Haverford College’s women’s basketball head coach in 2019-20. Morgan was named the 11th head women’s basketball coach at Haverford in June 2008 and begins her 33rd season overall as a head coach.
In addition to her coaching duties, Morgan previously served as a four-year member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Committee from 2014-18, including a stint as chair from 2016-18.
Morgan’s program has seen unprecedented success under her tenure and has made the Centennial Conference playoffs in each of the last eight seasons. That run of postseason success is highlighted by conference championships in 2019 and 2014, as well as an at-large NCAA Tournament berth in 2018.
Under Morgan’s guidance, the Fords have molded themselves into a defensive force, consistently finishing among the nation’s leaders in scoring defense. Haverford ranked third in that category during the 2018-19 season, as they allowed just 47.7 points per game.
The 2018-19 season saw the Fords finish with the second-most wins in program history, capturing the Centennial Conference Championship and advancing to the NCAA Second Round. Haverford posted a 43-point win over Rosemont College in the NCAA First Round before going toe-to-toe with No. 4 Tufts in a narrow second round loss in Medford, Mass.
The 2017–18 season saw the Fords reach the NCAA tournament for the second time in the program’s history with an at-large bid. Haverford faced off with No. 18 Christopher Newport in the First Round of the NCAA tournament in Ashland, Va.
After constant growth from year-to-year since starting at Haverford, Morgan’s team initially broke through in 2013-14 with the first Centennial Conference Tournament Championship in program history. The squad, which set new program records for wins (24) and Centennial Conference wins (15), also won its first-ever game in the NCAA Tournament with a 53-48 victory over Rhode Island College in the first round. Morgan was named the 2014 Centennial Conference Coach of the Year following that record-breaking season. It was the second time in her career she earned that honor after garnering that same recognition in 2012.
The season of program firsts continued on an individual level as Nina Voith ’13 was named the first All-American in program history. Voith, the 2014 Centennial Conference Tournament MVP, graduated with a program-record 1,411 points in her career. She led the Centennial Conference in scoring during the 2012-13 season.
Morgan came to Haverford from Cabrini College where she was the head coach for four seasons. At Cabrini, Morgan notched 66 wins and averaged 16.5 wins per season. In 2007-08, Morgan guided the Cavaliers to a 21-7 record, the team’s first Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) title since 1999 and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
She took over at Cabrini after a highly successful 17-year high school coaching career at The Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova (1986-89) and Haverford High School (1990-04), compiling an impressive 326-139 career mark. Morgan took Notre Dame to the District 1 Class AA title game in 1988-89 and crowned the season with the school’s first PIAA state playoff berth. At her next stop, Morgan turned Haverford High into a perennial District 1 powerhouse while winning six Central League titles and qualifying for the PIAA Class AAAA State Playoffs seven times.
A Bryn Mawr native, Morgan is a 1981 graduate of Haverford High School. Her high school basketball coach was Julie Soriero, Haverford College’s first-ever women’s basketball coach, who is now the Director of Athletics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Morgan went on to play basketball at the University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1985.
“I’ve always respected Bobbi’s ability to analyze and appreciate the game,” said Soriero. “She has a wealth of experience and passion for competing.”
Outside of coaching, Morgan spent 15 years as a journalist. She worked as a news and feature writer at the Main Line Times and Main Line Times Sunday. She then worked as a staff sports writer for the Delaware County Daily Times before taking over as the managing sports editor of the Main Line Times in 1990. During her years as a journalist, Morgan won six Keystone Press Association Awards for best writing in various categories including sports writing and sports column writing. She also won a Philadelphia Press Association Award for best writing on her series on “College Recruiting: How To Play The Game To Win.”
Morgan lives in Havertown with her husband, John. They have three children together, Patrick, Connor, and Reilly Ann.