Meet Our Sponsors
Daryl Morris - Housing & Residence Life, Director
Starting off as a student worker in Housing, Morris has worked his way up and has been here at AUM for 15 years. His personal fitness journey, and love for his wife and two daughters, gives him the motivation to guide others towards healthier living. He feels it is a privilege to be able to develop and maintain programs that are conducive to supporting healthier lifestyles, which can be a challenge for any college student. He appreciates his role as Director because he loves working with students, faculty, and staff to maximize the best possible experience of community and support here at Auburn University at Montgomery, Housing & Residence Life.
Morris is currently seeking a master’s degree in homeland security and is expecting to graduate in December 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree in justice and public safety from Auburn Montgomery in 2004 and a Master of Science in justice and public Safety (judicial admiration) from Auburn Montgomery in 2010. He also received a paralegal certificate with each of his degrees.
Louis Thornton - Wellness Center, Director
Thornton has been serving in this role for over a year and a half since the Wellness Center opened, but has worked here at AUM for 17 years. His passion for fitness support and education comes from enjoying helping people understand the true meaning of living a quality life. He feels that a healthy lifestyle is just as important as a quality education and he appreciates being able to assist people with connecting the two. His advice to any Warhawk Wellness participant is take time out of your daily schedule and treat yourself to a nice dose of exercise. "You might not believe it, but exercise can boost your attitude about life and make you feel more confident about who you are."
Jeff Cowden - CrossFit Trainer
Cowden was born and raised in Montgomery and attended Saint James High School, where he began competing in organized sports. At Saint James, he played football, won the 4A State Championship with the baseball team, and ran track, in which he placed second in the 4A State Championship long jump. In college, he earned an athletic scholarship with the Auburn University Track and Field Team, competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump. During his college career, Jeff acquired extensive athletic and Olympic Lifts training from multiple, high-caliber coaches, including Coach Ralph Spry (current Auburn University Track and Field Head Coach) and Coach Mel Rosen (1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Track and Field Head Coach).
Cowden Graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in health promotion. He is currently a nutrition consultant at Health Wise Foods and coach at Underground Fitness CrossFit center in Montgomery. CrossFit has been a way of life for Cowden since he began “CrossFitting” in 2005. He has been coaching CrossFit and Olympic movements for more than four years in one-on-one and group settings.