Mike Morton is in his 14th season at SMU, having joined the Mustang staff in the fall of 1998. Morton is responsible for all football-related athletic training duties including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. In addition to providing health care for the football team, he is responsible for managing a staff of full-time assistant athletic trainers. Morton, his staff and team of physicians are responsible for providing care for over 430 student-athletes as well as performers from the Meadows School of Dance.
In addition to his duties in Athletics, Morton also serves on the University's Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention.
Morton began his education as a student athletic trainer at Purdue University. He was awarded the Newell-Combs Scholarship for excellence in athletic training his senior year and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training in May 1996. As part of his undergraduate study, Morton completed an internship with the Indianapolis Colts during the 1995 season.
Following his time at Purdue, Morton moved on to Auburn, where he earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Sports Administration. While completing his degree, Morton served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for a Tiger baseball team that advanced to the 1997 College World Series and won the 1998 SEC Championship.
A native of Churubusco, Ind., Morton is married to the former Michelle Gilbert and the couple has two daughters, Carys and Violet, and a son, Michael.