|Year:||13th at MIT|
Charles Morton is the longest tenured assistant coach for the MIT women's and men's volleyball programs as he came on board in 1999. His responsibilities include design and implementation of the strength, conditioning, and jump training programs, recruiting, practice planning, statistical analysis, and player development, and drawing on his familiarity with life as an MIT student to act as a second academic advisor for the team members.
Morton was promoted to First Assistant under Coach Paul Dill for
the 2001 season after having served as a volunteer for the 1999 and
2000 campaigns. Before joining the program, he spent a year as an
assistant coach for the MIT men's varsity volleyball team after
closing a four-year playing career that saw him rise from reserve
middle blocker in 1995 to starter in 1996, and eventually captain
and Most Valuable Player in 1998.
Morton graduated from MIT in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and was one of the first students to earn the Biomedical Engineering minor. Following a two-year stint as an engineering analyst for the Arthur D. Little Corporation, Morton returned to MIT to pursue a Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Engineering. His thesis work involved studies of the metabolic disposition and biophysical phenomena of developmental drug candidates against prostate cancer. After earning his doctorate in molecular pharmacology and toxicology in the spring of 2009, Morton began a postdoctoral fellowship researching carcinogenesis at the Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston.
In 2009, Morton received the MIT Infinite Mile Award which is sponsored by the Division of Student Life. The following year, he was named the inaugural Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Morton is originally from Redondo Beach, Calif., where he went to Chadwick High School. When he is not performing in local rock bands or working in his yard, he finds time to play volleyball in USAV adult club leagues in the New England area.