Olympic bronze medalist Melissa Morrison is in her seventh year at South Carolina as a volunteer assistant coach. Morrison works with the sprints and hurdles groups at Carolina.
Morrison won the 2002 Indoor National 60m hurdle title. Morrison had an injury plagued year in 2001, but qualified for the 100m hurdle finals at the U. S. Nationals.
Morrison won the bronze medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She is a member of Speed Elite. Morrison, 29, spent two years as the women's assistant sprints and hurdles coach at Appalachian State University prior to coming to USC. While at ASU she coached three Southern Conference Champions.
Morrison has a B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State. She received All-American honors in both the 55 and 100m hurdles. She was named the Southern Conference Athlete of the Year.
Morrison was fifth at the 1997 World Indoor Championships. She was the 1997 USTAF National Champion in the 100 hurdles. Morrison ran 12.61, the second fastest time by an American. She was ranked No. 4 in the world in 1997 in the 100 hurdles. In the 1996 Olympic trials, Morrison finished seventh in the 100m high hurdles.
A native of Kannapolis, N.C., she graduated in 1989 from Al Brown High School. She won state titles in the 100m hurdles (1987-89) and the triple jump (1989).
She is currently pursuing her master's degree at USC.