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Chuck Morris Celebration of Life

22 Nov 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous

The Water Polo community morns the loss of Chuck Morris, University High School teacher, Water Polo and Swimming coach who passed away on December 10th unexpectedly and suddenly.  Morris had a teaching and coaching career that spanned over 30 years.  He was the first Water Polo and Swimming coach at University High School.  He started the program from scratch in 1971.  His first year, he conducted practices borrowing pool time from neighboring Tustin High School and location community pools until the campus pool was constructed in 1972.  The team went from forming to league champions in 2 years winning the Orange League in 1973 and 1974 and many years after.  Morris was the first coach in school history to win a CIF (3A) championship in 1974.   The 1974 team was the beginning of a long run for Coach Morris as a respected Water Polo powerhouse in Southern California.   The Morris program created Water Polo All-American's, National team members and Olympians, such as Peter Campbell who was a member of the 1988 silver medal Water Polo team.

Morris retired from teaching and coaching in 2004 and led an active life in retirement.   His legacy is the hundreds of student-athletes that grew up in his program and credit Morris as a prominent person in their lives.  He is survived by his wife Kathy, his 3 kids and several grand kids.   

A Life Celebration is planned for Morris on December 3, 2016 in San Clemente and will be well attended by those he coached in the 70's, 80's and 90s.   For More information contact Cameron Cosgrove (a member of the 1974 team) at

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