Michael Morand is in his second year as the cooffensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at North Carolina A&T. Morand, a native of Decatur, GA., will also have duties of Director of Football Operations and recruit northern North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.
Morand has the potential to excel in the coaching profession with his background and knowledge of the game. Morand was selected for 2009 NCAA Expert Coaches Forum in Orlando, Fla., that was held in June 2009. The Forum teaches upcoming coaches how to become effective Head Football Coaches. Morand also participated in an internship with the NFL Houston Texans in July 2009.
Morand was selected for the 2008 NCAA Coaches Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Academy is developed to train minorities for head coaching positions. He is also a member of
the American Football Coaches Association, in which he serves on the AFCA committee for Professional Development.
During his time at N.C. A&T, he coached senior quarterback Carlton Fears to a MEAC Player of the Week versus N.C. Central, and sophomore quarterback Lewis Kindle to MEAC Rookie of the Week versus Florida A&M in 2009. Morand also coached junior Wallace Miles, the MEAC's third leading receiver, in 2009.
He comes to N.C. A&T after serving as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in 2007 and 2008 at Virginia State University. Before his arrival, VSU's offense was ranked eighth in the CIAA. Morand brought it to new heights with running the no-huddle Mid-Atlantic Coast Offense.
Under his direction in the 2007 season, the Trojans ranked 2nd in scoring offense, total offense, red zone offense, passing efficiency and ranked 1st in fourth down conversions in the CIAA. In the 2008 season, Morand had the No.1 ranked running back (with 1,160 yards) and No. 1 ranked wide receiver (with 71 receptions) in the CIAA.
In addition, they were ranked No. 10 and No. 8, consecutively, in Division II Football. In the course of his two years as offensive coordinator, he produced six All-CIAA players, one third-team All-American Don Hansen and one Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Morand also helped the Trojans rank second in the CIAA Eastern conference with a 5-3 record during the 2008 season. Prior to being hired at Virginia State, Morand served as the running backs coach at Wingate University in 2004, 2005 and 2006.While coaching the Bulldogs, he assisted with a 21-11 record over 3 years.
In the course of his tenure, the Bulldogs were ranked in several Top 25 Polls (i.e. AFCA, D2 Football, and Don Hansen) throughout those years. In 2003, Morand helped start the Barber- Scotia College football program. He was named the assistant head football coach, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Sabers. Throughout the 2002 campaign, Morand was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Livingstone College. In addition, he served as recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning Coach. He coached quarterback Joel Ward, Jr. and wide receiver Chris Jeter to All-CIAA honors.
At Division II University of West Georgia in 2001, Morand coached Harlon Hill candidate running back Nick Price (over 1,000 rushing yards). He also gained valuable experience coaching the complex West Coast Offense. The Braves compiled an 8-3 overall record in 2001.
During his playing days, Morand was quarterback at Florida A&M University from 1996-99. He was coached by the legendary Billy Joe, the fourth winningest NCAA Division I football head coach with an overall record of 237-108-4 in 31 years. Morand began as the Rattlers starting quarterback in 1998, running the Gulf Coast Offense and helping lead the Rattlers in scoring with a No. 1 national ranking in Division I-AA with 47.8 points per game. FAMU averaged 389.9 yards per game passing 521.6 yards per game total offense in 1998. FAMU won the MEAC Championship in 1996, Co-MEAC Championship in 1998 and Black College National Championship in 1998. The Rattlers participated in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs each year during Morand's career.
At Southwest Dekalb High School, Morand played quarterback for the winningest coach in Dekalb County Schools history in William "Buck" Godfrey. During his high school playing days, he helped Southwest DeKalb win the Georgia state championship and a No. 10 ranking in the USA Today poll.