“At the end of each day, we are all a little different from who we were at the start of each day. You are not the same person you were when you woke up. The question is, are you a little better or a little worse.”
This is a thought that Grant Morgan, or Morgs, as he is affectionately known, shared with me during our conversation. It is a thought that communicates his attitude towards life, his attitude towards his job as a coach. It is this attitude that has been his motivation from his early days as a coach to his days with KZN Inland to his Under-19 days to his Hollywood Bets Dolphins days, and even to his days with the Scotland cricket national team.
It is this attitude that forced his hand when he had to leave his job as a coach with the Scottish side to return home to South Africa to be with his unwell mother.
It is only fitting that one of the most friendly people that I have met was born in South Africa’s ‘Friendly City’, Port Elizabeth. Recognized as one of the country’s most celebrated coaches at amateur level, Morgs has coached at every level and has both made a huge impact and found success at all levels.
Morgs has been coaching for so long it is easy to overlook the fact that he was quite a decent player, even though he “didn’t do as well as he would have liked with the bat. However, to use modern parlance, he was a gun wicketkeeper. Morgs, who played for about nine years, debuted for the Eastern Province team against England in 1993/1994. He earned a combined 52 First Class and 40 List A caps during his time at EP and Northerns before his retirement in 2002 when he went into coaching full-time.
To learn more about his journey and his motivation and philosophy, check out this episode of the Idea-sharing project.