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John Morton
Wide Receivers Coach
College:
Western Michigan

BIOGRAPHY

John Morton was named the 49ers wide receivers coach on January 20, 2011.

Under Morton’s direction in 2011, WR Michael Crabtree had his most productive season as a pro leading the team with career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (874), while adding four touchdowns.
John Morton was named the 49ers wide receivers coach on January 20, 2011.

Under Morton’s direction in 2011, WR Michael Crabtree had his most productive season as a pro leading the team with career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (874), while adding four touchdowns.

Morton spent the previous four years at the University of Southern California as the school’s wide receivers coach. He also held the position of the Trojans passing game coordinator in 2007-08 and 2010, while serving as the school’s offensive coordinator in 2009. Under Morton’s tutelage, WR Damian Williams earned All-Pac-10 first team honors and, along with WR Patrick Turner, was a third round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Prior to joining USC, Morton served at the passing game coordinator/offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints in 2006, helping the Saints earn a berth in the NFC Championship game that season.

Morton worked under Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego as the passing game/wide receivers coach in 2005. That year, QB Josh Johnson set school records in completions (260), completion percentage (70.1) and passing yards (3,256), while WR Adam Hannula set a school record in 73 receptions.

From 1997-2004, Morton worked for the Oakland Raiders in several capacities and served alongside Harbaugh for two years (2002-03). He began in the Raiders personnel department and then worked as an offensive assistant, coaching the wide receivers for two years (1998-99). Morton then became the offensive quality control coach in 2000 and again worked with the wide receivers until 2001. He was then elevated to senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach in 2002, where he coached Jerry Rice, who earned Pro Bowl honors, and Tim Brown on a team that earned a trip to the Super Bowl. Morton was later named the team’s tight ends coach in 2004.

Morton originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted rookie wide receiver in 1993, and spent part of the next two seasons (1993-94) on the Raiders practice squad. He also spent time with Green Bay in 1993 and was in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995. Morton returned to training camp with the Raiders again in 1996. He played for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 1995 and 1996, and later with the World League’s Frankfurt Galaxy in the spring of 1997.

Morton played at Western Michigan for two seasons (1991-92), where he finished 10th on the school’s all-time receiving list (78 receptions) and eighth in receiving yards (1,278), earning All-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior, in 1992. He later received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Western Michigan in 1997. Morton came to Western Michigan after two years (1989-90) at Grand Rapids (MI) Community College, where he received his associate’s degree in 1990.

Morton and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters, Tierney Rose and Sage Marie.

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