Terry McMorris was born in North Shields, UK, but brought up in Hartlepool, UK. After leaving school he trained as a teacher at De la Salle College of Education, Manchester, and later at Carnegie School of Physical Education, Leeds. Terry taught for 17 years in schools in Hartlepool before undertaking a Master of Physical Education degree at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. During his time teaching, Terry played semi-professional and amateur football and cricket, amateur table tennis, and becaeme a Fully Qualified Football Association Coach (equivalent of the modern day UEFA A licence). He coached Hartlepool Schools representative teams, Cleveland County under-15s and under-19s, and worked for the FA on preliminary coaching award courses. After returning from Canada he worked part-time as a teacher and part-time, firstly, as Director of the Centre of Excellence (forerunners of the Academy system) at Middlesbrough FC and, later, as youth team coach at Hartlepool United FC. In 1988, Terry took up a full-time post at the University of Chichester, UK.
Terry obtained a PhD from the University of Southampton in 1997 and became Professor of Motor Behaviour at Chichester in 2005. He became Emeritus Professor in 2009 and also Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University the same year. As well as his books he has written over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and given presentations in over 10 countries.