A native of south central Illinois, John Morr graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 1986 from Eastern Illinois University. He completed the certification exam successfully in June of 1986 and became a certified member of NATA. During his time at Eastern Illinois, he worked with track and field, cross country, and football, additionally completing the regimen for a teaching degree in Health Education. He also worked with the Chicago Cubs baseball team’s rookie league squad in Pikeville, KY in the summer seasons of 1983 and 1984 and with the St. Louis Cardinals football team during the summer of 1986.
Initially, John was hired by Palatine High School as a substitute teacher and athletic trainer. Following that, he worked alongside Dr. Peter Bonutti in establishing a sports medicine athletic training program to local high school athletes in rural Illinois.
John obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in 1995. During his years as a graduate assistant under Al and Sue Green, he assisted with gymnastics, swimming and diving, and football. He was then hired to work with women’s basketball at Kentucky. With the recommendation from C. M. Newton, John was hired by the University of Alabama in 1996 working with the men’s basketball team. He had the honor of overseeing multiple sports and working alongside legendary athletic trainers and physicians as well as mentoring incredible students during his twenty years at Alabama.
He had the privilege to serve the Illinois Athletic Training Association, Kentucky Athletic Training Society, and the Alabama Athletic Training Associations in various positions during his professional journey. He became a part of the ALATA executive board as an At-Large representative from 2007-2010 as well as SEC Sports Medicine Advisory Committee from 2008-2010, and then serving as ALATA President for two terms from 2010-2014.
He was the recipient of the SEATA Backbone Award in 2002 and the ALATA Chris King Award of Merit in 2018.
John is married to Dr. Margaret Morr. The couple and their two wonderful sons, William and Jacob reside in Scottsboro, Alabama.