Don Morton
Biographical details
Born (1947-04-10) April 10, 1947 (age 74)
Flint, Michigan
Playing career
1966–1968Augustana (IL)
Position(s)Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1970Moline HS (IL) (assistant)
1971–1976Augustana (SD) (OC/OL)
1977–1978North Dakota State (backfield)
1979–1984North Dakota State
1985–1986Tulsa
1987–1989Wisconsin
Head coaching record
Overall76–51
Tournaments8–3 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 NCAA Division II (1983)
4 NCC (1981–1984)
1 MVC (1985)

Don Morton (born April 10, 1947) is a former American football player, coach, and software executive. He served as the head football coach at North Dakota State University (1979–1984), the University of Tulsa (1985–1986), and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1987–1989), compiling a career college football record of 76–51. Morton's 1983 North Dakota State team won an NCAA Division II Football Championship.

Playing career and education

A native of Flint, Michigan, Morton played center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in the late 1960s and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1969. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in education and administration from Western Illinois University in 1974.

Coaching career

Morton began his professional career in 1969 as assistant football and head wrestling coach at Moline High School in Illinois, and served there through 1971. His successes at Moline High earned him his first collegiate position as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1971 to 1976. He then moved on to North Dakota State University as offensive backfield coach from 1977 to 1978 and was named head coach there in 1979.

Nearing the end of his failed stint at Wisconsin, Morton, on his coaches' show, emerged from a coffin to declare that he wasn't dead yet.[1]

Later years

A few years after his tenure as head football coach at Wisconsin, Morton returned to North Dakota State as the Assistant to the President and Director of University Relations. He later joined Great Plains Software as chief of staff for CEO Doug Burgum. Morton became an employee of Microsoft Corporation through the acquisition of Great Plains in 2001. Morton was the site leader for the Microsoft campus in Fargo, North Dakota. Morton is now retired from Microsoft.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA#
North Dakota State Bison (North Central Conference) (1979–1984)
1979 North Dakota State 6–4 4–2 T–2nd
1980 North Dakota State 6–4 5–2 T–2nd
1981 North Dakota State 10–3 7–0 1st L NCAA Division II Championship 6
1982 North Dakota State 12–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal 2
1983 North Dakota State 12–1 8–1 T–1st W NCAA Division II Championship 5
1984 North Dakota State 11–2 8–1 T–1st L NCAA Division II Championship 1
North Dakota State: 57–15 39–6
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Missouri Valley Conference) (1985)
1985 Tulsa 6–5 3–0 1st
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1986)
1986 Tulsa 7–4
Tulsa: 13–9 3–0
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1987–1989)
1987 Wisconsin 3–8 1–7 10th
1988 Wisconsin 1–10 1–7 10th
1989 Wisconsin 2–9 1–7 9th
Wisconsin: 6–27 3–21
Total: 76–51
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

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