For this installment of the Spotlight Series, we will meet new high school football coach Morgan Weaver. Morgan has loved football since the early age of 5. Football has allowed him numerous opportunities and opened many doors throughout his life, and now he is giving back.
Weaver was raised in south suburban Country Club Hills Ill. A graduate of Hillcrest High School, he then went on to attend Winona State University. He played football for WSU on scholarship. He graduated with a degree is Excercise Science: Cardiopulmonary Rehab. After graduating he signed a contract to play indoor football with the Cedar Rapids Titans. And now, he has accepted the position as Head Football Coach at Hillcrest High School.
Weaver has a strong support system and many great influencers. They include his older brother Tremaine Weaver, cousin Kyran Weaver, uncle Alvin Weaver, Marquice Cole and college coaches David Bruan and Brett Holinka. All of these men have been vital to him in helping him become a better player and coach.
At just 25 years old, Weaver has accomplished so much. He has been fortunate enough to take something he loves and make it his career. He is now invested in making a difference in the students’ lives. “I spend a lot of time with my guys and it’s rewarding when you start to see positive change…My ultimate goal is to turn Hillcrest into a factory…meaning I want Hillcrest football to be known for getting guys into college and helping them earn scholarships. I love winning games but there’s not a better feeling than seeing our players sign letter of intents to go get their education and play some football along the way, for free or cheaper than normal tuition.”
Some people take a lifetime to figure out what they want to do with their lives, but not Weaver. “I got into my love for football at a very young age. At age 5, I knew playing football was something I wanted to do for as long as God would allow me to. As I got older, I started to understand how life and football go hand and hand…I always knew I would be coaching at some point in my life, it just happened earlier then I expected. Following my player career I wanted to come back and pass on what I’ve learned at the collegiate and professional level (IFL). Marquice Cole came back to Hillcrest in 2015, right around the time I was finishing up, and he had an opening and gave me as shot, I haven’t looked back since.”
Weaver is excited and looking forward to making this school year memorable. “I am looking forward to seeing the guys develop on and off the field…becoming respectable young men and making their high school career a memorable experience.” He is dedicated to his students lifelong success and not just the fleeting success of winning games. He has become a positive role model for the students, an example of what they can strive to be with hard work. He is proof that you should never give up on your dreams.
Weaver and the Hawks football team are gearing up to kick off their season on 8/26/17 at 3pm. They will be playing at and against Morgan Park High School Mustangs. You can catch Weaver on the field in action at any Hillcrest Hawks football game. Here’s to a great season and school year!