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Jun 19, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Jason Morris

Class of 1985, Wrestling

Jason Morris joined the BH-BL varsity wrestling team as a sophomore, and compiled an overall high school record of 98 wins and 4 losses. He was a three-time Class “A” Champion, and won the Section 2 Championships as a junior and senior. He was the New York State Champion in 1984 and 1985.

Jason went to Syracuse University where he was the EIWA “Freshman of the Year” and the 1986 champion. He was an EIWA Silver Medalist, and a two time NCAA Division I National Qualifier. In 1989, he was an NCAA Division I All American.

Jason has achieved international success for judo, winning 60 career International medals and as a competitor in four Olympic Games in 1988 (Korea), 1992 (Spain), 1996 (USA) and 2000 (Australia). He was the silver medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain. Jason has won multiple medals at the World Championships for Judo: the bronze medal in1993 in Hamilton, Canda, fifth place in 1987 in Essen, Germany, fifth place in 1989 in Belgrade, Ugoslavia, and seventh in 1991 in Barcelona, Spain.

He has also won multiple gold medals in the US Open, New York Open, Guido Sieni, and Quebec Open Championships. He also won gold medals in the Pan Am Games, Czech Open, Ontario Open, Austrian Open, Mexico International, and was the only winner ever from North or South America at the Tbilissa International Tournament. Jason is a six-time National Champion from 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1999. He is also an eight-time National Junior Champion and the Olympic Sports Festival Champion.

As the head instructor of the Jason Morris Judo Center, Jason has coached athletes to many national and international titles. He was the head coach for the 2008 Olympics in China, and was the 2007 USOC “Development Coach of the Year” and the 2006 “Coach of the Year.” He is the owner and operator of Real Judo Magazine, and has been named “Coach of the Year” for the publication in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

Jason lives in Glenville with his wife, Teri, and their 16 month old twins Randi Emiko and Danica Jaden.