Family Over Everything

Video posted April 29, 2014 in News by Shawn Vengoechea


Michael Morse had a choice. His choice was one of the harder ones in his life. Choosing between your passion in life and your loved ones in life can be easier said than done. Morse made the choice to be with his family and watch his children grow up over coaching Division 1 basketball. His opportunities could have been vast, but he knew his love for his wife and children was greater than his love for basketball.

Coaching in big cities. including Washington D.C., Morse was making his mark in the basketball world. He was rising up in the coaching ranks and in 1989, his life developed a “fork in the road.” He got the opportunity to be a head coach at a Division 1 school. By this time, his days were long and Morse was basically working seven days a week. He knew becoming a head coach would have its obstacles, primarily involving the time he would lose with his family. After talking with his wife and coaching friends, Morse decided to turn down the position to spend more time with his family and see his children grow.

Things did not stop there for Morse, though, as he was able to work in the academic world at Penn State University as a kinesiology teacher. Teaching basketball, Morse is able to have the best of both worlds. He is able to work with college students in developing their game, while still spending plenty of time with his family. He has not regretted the decision and is constantly thankful for how everything turned out in his life. While he has had hurdles to jump over, Morse is more than content with his career. Making an impact on people’s lives and still being with his loved ones may be better than any coaching job around the country.