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Perham running coach set to speak at FCA

Jeff Morris smiles for a picture with his wife and four children. Morris is the head cross country coach in Perham and will be the featured speaker at the FCA Palm Sunday gathering. (Contributed)

An upcoming guest for the Alexandria Fellowship of Christian Athletes has received plenty of national recognition during his time as a cross country and track coach at Perham High School.

Perham cross country head coach Jeff Morris will speak at a Palm Sunday gathering hosted by the Alexandria Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 at the Holiday Inn of Alexandria.

Morris has helped build the Perham cross country team into a national power, twice earning National Championship Division 2 titles from the National High School Coaches Association for schools under 600 in total enrollment. In his 12 years of coaching, the Perham boys’ team has won five state titles in cross country.

He is an assistant coach with the school’s track and field team as well, and between individual and team participants the number of state titles earned during his time in Perham is nearly 20.

Morris is a high school math teacher in Perham after receiving his B.S. in math education from Campbell University in North Carolina in 2000. Morris was a Division 1 cross country runner at Campbell and twice earned all-conference awards.

At Campbell University, Morris also led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He met his wife, Kay Fuller, in 1997 on a mission trip to the Czech Republic.

Fuller at the time ran for the University of Minnesota, but later they got married and she finished out her last three years of running at Campbell University.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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