Since taking over the helm as the Head Coach of the Nashville Aquatic Club in 1984, John Morse has established a tradition of dedication and excellence in Middle Tennessee.
The 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 Southeastern Swimming LSC Coach of the Year, Morse has coached the team to over 40 LSC Championship titles.
Upon Morse’s arrival, NAC has established itself as a consistent and elite program in developing fast, successful swimmers. Through Morse’s guidance, NAC has finished in the top 10 at Senior Nationals, Junior National team champions, and has been overall team champion at the Southeastern Sectional Championships.
Coach Morse has developed more than 60 Olympic Trial qualifiers, over a dozen National finalists, four World University Games qualifiers, World Junior Championship qualifiers, Junior National Champions, National Team members, FINA World Junior Champions, and swimmers that went on to become NCAA champions and All Americans.
Morse’s leadership has allowed the team garner 15 Gold Medal Club Awards. This award identifies USA Swimming Clubs that have attained a high level of athlete performance as well as organizational success.
Morse’s success has also led him to earn the American Swim Coaches Association Bronze Award of Excellence, signifying ten years of having a finalist at Nationals. Morse has served as a National Team Coach in 1992, 2008, 2011, and has been a part of the Olympic Development Camp (1994), the Eagle Camp (1995), Zone Distance Camp (1997), and National Select Camp (1998). Morse was selected as an assistant coach for the National Junior Team in 2007-2008, and participated in international competition in Melbourne, Australia. In 2008, 2016 and 2018, Morse was recognized by USA Swimming as the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year, and was selected as the head women’s coach for the 2009 National Junior Team trip to Vancouver. In 2010, Morse was selected as the co-head coach of the Junior Pan-Pacific team which competed in Hawaii. In 2011, Morse was selected as a member of the Pan-American Games coaching staff which competed in Mexico. In 2012, Morse was selected as a coach for the Junior Pan-Pacific team competing in Honolulu, Hawaii. In both 2014 and 2016, Morse was selected as the head women’s coach for the Junior Pan-Pacific team competing in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Coach Morse also stays involved in the politics of swimming. He has been a delegate to the United States Swimming Aquatic Convention more than a dozen times. He has also served on the National Championship Time Standards Committee, the National Championship site selection committee, the National Club Development Committee, and currently serves on the Senior Development Committee for USA Swimming. Coach Morse is also a member of the Southeastern Swimming board of directors and has served as the Senior Chairman, Technical Planning Director, Outreach Director, and Swim-a-Thon Director.
He also stays very involved in high school swimming, and was instrumental in bringing the high school state meet to Nashville in 1991. He has worked with the Nashville Metro Parks and Nashville Sports Council to secure three Senior National Championships, 2 Junior National Championships, and 1 Masters National Championships for the city.
Coach Morse is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he swam on conference and NCAA championship teams. Coach Morse is happily married and has 2 stepchildren. He is also an avid fisherman and has two dogs: Bentley and Jenks.