Kayla Morrissey

  • University: NUI Galway
  • Course: Exercise Physiology
  • Club: NUIG Mystics
  • Age: 22


Hello everyone! My name is Kayla Morrissey, and I am from Burr Ridge, IL. I recently graduated with honors from Grinnell College in Iowa. I attained a B.A. in General Science with concentrations in Biology and Statistics. Luckily, I found a school that was crazy enough to allow me to play basketball and softball for 4 years. I was captain of the basketball team my senior year. I achieved All-Conference recognition twice and All-Region recognition once. At the end of my basketball career at Grinnell, I finish as the second player in school history to score over 1,000 points (1,426) and grab over 500 rebounds (614). I also hold the school record for free throws made in a career (417). Academically, I earned CoSida Academic All-District honors and earned Academic All-Conference recognition every year. In softball, I broke 15 school records in various categories and earned all-region recognition for 4 years. I received the Joyce Buck Award this year for the top senior athlete in 2 sports, and I was honored to be nominated by Grinnell College for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. I have enjoyed every minute of my playing career, and I am excited to share my passion for basketball in Ireland!


I am honored to be selected as a Victory Scholar by the Sports Changes Life Foundation! I will be attending NUI Galway and studying business or exercise physiology. While I am excited for all aspects of the program, I am mostly looking forward to coaching and mentoring kids. Basketball has helped me establish a high work ethic and has forced me to become goal-oriented in my life. I hope that I can use my love for basketball to teach the kids about all of the life values that come out of playing sports. I would like to thank everyone at Sports Changes Life, The Rory Foundation, and everyone who is supporting me at home. I can’t wait to coach, study, and play in a new culture and beautiful country.

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My Personal Blog

April 29th, 2019

Confidence for the Future

April 20th, 2019

Small World

April 2nd, 2019

Finding a Balance

March 15th, 2019

Let’s Get Mystical

March 1st, 2019

Teammates for Life

February 21st, 2019

Meat, Potatoes, and More!

February 7th, 2019

“Basketball Saved Us!”

January 3rd, 2018

Christmas Time

January 5th, 2019

Road to the Master’s Degree

December 21st, 2018

Ready, Set, Dunk

December 12th, 2018

Galway Masters

November 7th, 2018

Magic on the Mystics

November 7th, 2018

Finding Distant Relatives

November 7th, 2018

“Miss, can you dunk?”

November 7th, 2018

Becoming a Galway Girl

November 7th, 2018

The Journey