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Buddy Morris
Strength and Conditioning Coach
College:
Pittsburgh
Hometown:
South Park, PA
Experience:
7

Biography

Buddy Morris enters his fourth season as the Cardinals strength and conditioning coach after being hired on 3/4/14. Previously with the Cleveland Browns (2002-04), where he worked with current Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, Morris returned to the NFL in 2014 after working at the collegiate level for 19 years.  

A native of South Park, PA, Morris has an extensive background in strength and conditioning dating back to his first job at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, where he began his career in 1980 in the first of his three stints with the Panthers. He worked under head coach Jackie Sherrill from 1980-89 and aided in the development of future NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Rickey Jackson, Chris Doleman and Russ Grimm. During that period, Morris worked with 13 first round NFL draft picks and 15 first-team All-Americans. 

Buddy Morris enters his fourth season as the Cardinals strength and conditioning coach after being hired on 3/4/14. Previously with the Cleveland Browns (2002-04), where he worked with current Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, Morris returned to the NFL in 2014 after working at the collegiate level for 19 years.  

A native of South Park, PA, Morris has an extensive background in strength and conditioning dating back to his first job at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, where he began his career in 1980 in the first of his three stints with the Panthers. He worked under head coach Jackie Sherrill from 1980-89 and aided in the development of future NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Rickey Jackson, Chris Doleman and Russ Grimm. During that period, Morris worked with 13 first round NFL draft picks and 15 first-team All-Americans.  

Morris specializes in workouts that focus on strength training, speed development, conditioning, agility training and flexibility.

After working as the wellness director for the Horizon Hospital System in Sharon, PA (1989-97), Morris returned to Pittsburgh from 1997-2001. During his second tenure at Pitt, the Panthers made three bowl appearances: the 1997 Liberty Bowl, the 2000 Insight.com Bowl and the 2001 Tangerine Bowl. Morris also developed the moniker for the Panthers strength and conditioning program, “The Pitt Iron Works.” In 2009, Muscle & Fitness Magazine name Morris’ gym one of the 10 toughest in America.

Morris then joined Butch Davis and the Cleveland Browns for three seasons before working at the University of Buffalo in 2006 as its Director of Sports Performance. After one season in Buffalo, he went back for his third stint at Pitt under head coach Dave Wannstedt from 2007-10. The Panthers made the 2008 Sun Bowl and the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl during that period.

Following his third stop at Pitt, Morris and his family opened a private gym in Buffalo called the New York Sports Center where he worked with athletes at all levels through personal training, group fitness classes and injury rehabilitation.

Morris worked with Roger Kingdom, the Cardinals assistant strength & conditioning coach and 1984 and 1988 Olympic gold medalist in 110-meter hurdles. He also helped develop NFL Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin and Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown while both were at Pitt.

He graduated from Pittsburgh in 1980 after lettering for four years (1977-80) in track and field. Morris is married to Monica and he has two daughters, Kara and Claire, and two stepsons, Fred and Troy.

Buddy Morris Coaching Breakdown

Year              School/Team                                 Position

1980–89        University of Pittsburgh                   Strength and Conditioning

1997–2001     University of Pittsburgh                   Strength and Conditioning

2002–2004     Cleveland Browns                           Strength and Conditioning

2006              University of Buffalo                        Director of Sports Performance

2007–10        University of Pittsburgh                   Strength and Conditioning

2014            ARIZONA CARDINALS                  Strength and Conditioning

Photos

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    DT Josh Mauro: Two tackles, sack
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    QB Carson Palmer: 19-of-36 for 332 yards, TD, INT
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    S Tyrann Mathieu: Three tackles, interception, two passes defensed
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    WR J.J. Nelson: 5 catches for 120 yards and a TD
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    WR Jaron Brown: Four catches for 73 yards

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