Neal Morris complied an envious coaching record before his career was cut short far too soon by cancer. He played three sports at Denton High School and football at Elon College, graduating in 1988. His coaching career began at Northwest Guilford High School as a football assistant and boys track coach for six years. He moved to High Point Andrews in those same capacities in 1995 and later added the girls’ track duties. His track teams thrived under his guidance, once winning 64 consecutive dual meets. The boys’ team won eight straight regional championships and two state 3-A titles in 1996 and 2001. The girls’ team won five straight regionals and two state titles in 2001 and 2002. Morris won eight conference Coach of the Year Awards as well as the 2001 NHSCA national Coach of the Year award in track and field. He also won the 2001 Coach of the Year award for the state of North Carolina from the NFSHSA in girls’ track and field. A track meet is named in his honor and Andrews High School annually presents the Neal Morris Jr. Award to an athlete who displays exceptional drive and determination. Morris died on his 39th birthday in 2003.