Legendary GAA coach John Morrison has passed away.
A true giant of gaelic football, the colourful Armagh man enjoyed intercounty coaching stints with his native Orchard County, Antrim (as manager), Donegal, Derry, Mayo, Leitrim (joint manager) and Cavan.
Renowned for his innovative and positive approach, he was coach in Mayo in 2006 when, alongside manager Mickey Moran, the westerners famously stunned Dublin after warming up under Hill 16 and progressed to an All-Ireland final date with Kerry. Morrison and Moran also worked together in Derry and Donegal.
As a visionary coach, sports psychologist and master tutor, who wrote and spoke at length about the game and freely shared his expertise not just with players but also with other coaches and managers, Morrison's unique skills were in great demand within and outside the GAA and he was also enlisted by Ulster Rugby and Leicester Tigers amongst others. He also managed the Armagh and Monaghan ladies.
Devastated & distraught to hear of John's passing. One of my dearest friends, a father figure to me. He did so much for me as a coach & a person. Brought me into his sessions in Mayo, Leitrim, Cork, shared all he knew. Moulded me & 1000s of others. Ní bheidh a Leithéad an aris. https://t.co/rtWytAmCmj— Turlough O Brien (@TurloughCarlow) February 12, 2019
John Morrison was one of the legendary souls in GAA. He brought so much to Mayo during his time with Mickey. Privileged to have worked with him and I know he’s probably smiling down on us all. RIP— Alan Dillon (@Alan_Dillon) February 12, 2019