Marty Morse: Still part of the Blue Devil football program

Marty Morse love being outdoors, being active and being with his family. Luckily, he can combine all of those with another love:football.

This year, Morse, a DHS graduate of 1987, is coaching the DHS junior varsity football team for the first time. Both of his sons, sophomore Cole and ninth-grader Kyle are on the team, but that doesn’t mean that they get any special treatment. “The boys know I’m not Dad on the field,” Morse said. “I’m Coach.”

Football helps bring the Morse boys together, but he doesn’t just coach his own boy. “I love doing it for all the kids,” Morse said.

Morse definitely has the experience. Not only did he coach youth football for five years, but Morse himself played for DHS as a running back linebacker and then went on to play for UC Davis.

His high school coach, Dave Whitmire, recalls Morse as an outstanding, rock solid player, and a team leader. One of Whitmire’s strongest memories of Morse was when Morse ran the ball eighty yard for a touchdown in a game against Valley High. “We always said he just scored to soon,” Whitmire said. “Valley came back and won that game, but it was still a great play.”

The DHS football team introduced Morse to many close friends, some of which he still keeps in touch with today.

Besides excelling in football at DHS, the lifelong Davisite enjoyed taking design for architecture drafting classes, which led him to his job now: a general contractor and business owner for Morse Remodeling. Morse Remodeling does local residential remodeling and new construction.

He still lives in Davis with his two sons, his beagle, and his wife, Shelley. Shelley is also a DHS graduate. Morse’s brothers and sisters all live around the Sacramento area, so Cole and Kyle get to spend a lot of time with their cousins.

If you don’t spot Morse coaching on the football fields, you might find him skiing or snowboarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, or riding his hybrid bike. He loves to stay active and healthy.

By Kate Lee

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