Pending school board approval, the Western Big Six will have two Morrisseys patrolling the sidelines as head football coaches next fall.
Mike Morrissey is expected to be named head football coach at Moline High School tonight. According to a source, Morrissey — who was an assistant this past season for the Maroons — is the only person to interview for the opening. The school board meets at 6 p.m.
Mike Morrissey is the older brother of United Township head football coach Joe Morrissey. Their father, Ed Morrissey, was the longtime coach at Pleasant Valley where he won 177 games and a state championship. Mike played quarterback for his father and led two PV teams to the playoffs in 1999 and 2000. Ed is now on his son's staff at UT.
The move has been expected ever since Mike Tracey resigned as Moline coach in November. The Maroons finished 2-7 last year in Tracey's second season.
Mike Morrissey, who also teaches physical education at Moline, brings head-coaching experience to the post. He went 19-22 in four seasons as coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie, including three straight playoff appearances before moving on to Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he went 6-5 in his lone season in 2015 before returning closer to home.