In memory of Morgan Hout (1947-2023)

Liberty athletics mourns the loss of former Flames football Head Coach and Athletics Hall of Fame member Morgan Hout, who passed away Nov. 1 at the age of 76.

Hout led the football program from 1984-88, where he ushered the team in its transition from an NCAA Division II program to Division I. 

The Georgia native got his first opportunity in the coaching world as an unpaid assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he spent six seasons. After a several-year stint at the University of Richmond as an assistant coach, Hout found his home on the Mountain. 

In his time at the helm for the Flames, Hout coached 11 All-Americans and helped recruit 11 Liberty football players who went on to play in the NFL. 

The coach eventually moved on to Georgetown University in 1993, settling down in Lexington, Kentucky for the next phase of his life. In 2012, however, he returned to the Hill City, serving as in the Hancock Welcome Center to welcome prospective students and parents to Liberty. 

He will long be remembered for his relentless kindness, perseverance and passion for passing on knowledge and experience to everyone he came across — whether on the football field or in everyday life.


  • My younger Brother is now coaching Marines in Heaven. We had a difficult time growing up but Morgan’s determination and skills made him an incredible leader, Husband, Father and mentor. I’ll see him again one day with our Dad, Mom and baby brother Steve who preceded us.
    Rest in peace Morgan. I wish we had time to spend with each other.

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