Hofstra alumnus Raheem Morris has been named the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
In this role, he makes history as the first black full-time head coach in franchise history, and its 19th coach overall.
This is not Morris’ first go-round with the Falcons. He was interim head coach for 11 games in 2020.
Prior to this most recent appointment, Morris served as the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator, a position he’s held since 2021, boasting a Super Bowl win during his time there.
His resume also includes head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-2011) and assistant coach for the Redskins (Commanders), Buccaneers, Rams, and Falcons.
Morris graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in physical education in 1998, after playing safety for Hofstra from 1994 to 1997.
During his time on Hofstra’s football team, he made 141 tackles and was awarded the Mayor’s Trophy (1997).
He joined the coaching staff at Hofstra in 1998 as graduate assistant coach before moving on to Cornell University as defensive backs coach and special teams assistant. Morris returned to Hofstra as defensive backs coach from 2000 to 2001 before moving to the NFL coaching ranks.
Morris is originally from Irvington, N.J..