Bobbi Morgan is set to begin her 11th season as Haverford College’s women’s basketball head coach in 2018-19. Morgan was named the 11th head women’s basketball coach at Haverford in June 2008. Morgan begins her 32nd season overall as a head coach.
The team has seen unprecedented success under her tenure and has made the Centennial Conference playoffs in each of the last seven seasons. That run of postseason success is highlighted by the program’s first conference championship in 2014 as well as an NCAA Tournament berth in 2018.
Under Morgan’s guidance, the Fords have molded themselves into a defensive force, finishing among the nation’s leaders in scoring defense, ranking third in that category during the 2017-18 season as they allowed just 47.5 points per game.
The 2017–18 season saw the Fords finish with the second-most wins in program history, reaching the NCAA tournament for the second time in the program’s history with an at-large bid. Haverford faced off with No. 18 Christopher Newport in the First Round of the NCAA tournament in Ashland, Va. In 2016-17, Haverford finished the season with history with 19 wins Conference championship squad in 2014. Haverford hosted the Centennial Conference tournament for just the second time in program history and made its sixth straight appearance in the Centennial Conference playoffs.
After constant growth from year-to-year since starting at Haverford, Morgan’s team finally broke through in 2013-14 with the first Centennial Conference Tournament Championship in program history. The squad, which set new program records for wins (24) and Centennial Conference wins (15), also won its first-ever game in the NCAA Tournament with a 53-48 victory over Rhode Island College in the first round. Morgan was named the 2014 Centennial Conference Coach of the Year following that record-breaking season. It was the second time in her career she earned that honor after garnering that same recognition in 2012.
The season of program firsts continued on an individual level as Nina Voith ’13 was named the first All-American in program history. Voith, the 2014 Centennial Conference Player of the Tournament, graduated with a program-record 1,411 points in her career. She led the Centennial Conference in scoring during the 2012-13 season.
Morgan came to Haverford from Cabrini College where she was the head coach for four seasons. At Cabrini, Morgan notched 66 wins and averaged 16.5 wins per season. In 2007-08, Morgan guided the Cavaliers to a 21-7 record, the team’s first Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) title since 1999 and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
She took over at Cabrini after a highly successful 17-year high school coaching career at The Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova (1986-89) and Haverford High School (1990-04), compiling an impressive 326-139 career mark. Morgan took Notre Dame to the District 1 Class AA title game in 1988-89 and crowned the season with the school’s first PIAA state playoff berth. At her next stop, Morgan turned Haverford High into a perennial District 1 powerhouse while winning six Central League titles and qualifying for the PIAA Class AAAA State Playoffs seven times.
A Bryn Mawr native, Morgan is a 1981 graduate of Haverford High School. Her high school basketball coach was Julie Soriero, Haverford College’s first ever women’s basketball coach, who is now the Director of Athletics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Morgan went on to play basketball at the University of Richmond, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1985.
“I’ve always respected Bobbi’s ability to analyze and appreciate the game,” said Soriero. “She has a wealth of experience and passion for competing.”
Outside of coaching, Morgan spent 15 years as a journalist. She worked as a news and feature writer at the Main Line Times and Main Line Times Sunday. She then worked as a staff sports writer for the Delaware County Daily Times before taking over as the managing sports editor of the Main Line Times in 1990. During her years as a journalist, Morgan won six Keystone Press Association Awards for best writing in various categories including sports writing and sports column writing. She also won a Philadelphia Press Association Award for best writing on her series on “College Recruiting: How To Play The Game To Win.”
Morgan lives in Havertown with her husband, John, and their children Patrick, Connor and Reilly Ann.