USU Head Coach Stew Morrill And Staff Present Yearly Accolades
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Record at Utah State (345-119, .744)
Overall Record (563-257, .687, 26 seasons)
2009, 2010 & 2011 WAC Coach of the Year
Entering his 27th season as a collegiate head coach and 15th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has established himself as one of the most respected coaches in the country. He is also the school's all-time winningest coach as he passed the legendary E. Lowell Romney's 225 career wins on Jan. 17, 2008 with an 82-78 win against Boise State.
In 14 years at Utah State, Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading USU to an incredible 345-119 (.744) record, including a 175-55 (.761) mark in the Big West and Western Athletic Conferences.
While at Utah State, he has guided the Aggies to 13 straight 21-win seasons and 13 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4, CIT-1), both of which are school records. Prior to Morrill's current run, USU had never posted more than three straight 20-win seasons and participated in more than three-straight postseason tournaments.
During the last 13 years, Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of those seasons, along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 75.7 percent with an overall record of 330-106. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 201-63 record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 13 years.
Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011.
During the 2011-12 season, Utah State made its 30th postseason appearance all-time as it advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament winning four postseason games in the process, which is a single-season school record.
For the 13th straight year, Utah State had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades in 2012 as sophomore guard Preston Medlin was named first-team all-WAC, becoming just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors along with Nate Harris (2004).
Utah State had two other players honored by the WAC in 2012 as senior guard Brockeith Pane was named to the league's honorable mention team, while junior forward Kyisean Reed was voted to the WAC's all-newcomer team.
Medlin and Pane were also named to the CollegeInsider.com all-tournament team in 2012 along with senior forward Morgan Grim.
Overall, Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 21 times. Morril has also coached three of the past five WAC Players of the Year in Tai Wesley (2011), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Jaycee Carroll (2008), and all three of those players went on to earn Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors - Wesley (2011); Wilkinson (2009); Carroll (2007, 2008).
During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season WAC Championship, including its third-straight outright title with a 15-1 record. USU also won its second WAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history, including eight times under Morrill's watch.
Furthermore, the 2010-11 Aggie basketball team was nationally ranked for the last nine weeks of the season and finished the year ranked No. 25 in the country in final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, marking the first time since the 1978 season and only the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team was nationally ranked at the end of the year.
Morrill was also honored during the 2010-11 season and was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the third time in as many years. He was also named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 6 Co-Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.
All-time, Morrill has been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991.
Morrill has taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 14 years, USU is an amazing 210-18 (.921) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play.
As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 17 different occasions during his career and has won at least 17 games 23 times.
Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 563 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.7 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 17 20-win seasons. His current streak of 13 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the 11th-longest streak at the Division I level.
Academics and community service have been of top priority to Morrill and his staff as all of the team members are involved with USU's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program within the community. In his 14 years, Morrill has graduated better than 80 percent of his players, and over the past 10 years, Utah State has had 30 academic all-conference honorees.
Morrill, who was born in Provo, Utah and attended Provo High School, owns a career record of 563-257 in 26 years of collegiate coaching, including a 345-119 record at Utah State in 14 years, a 121-86 record in seven years at Colorado State (1992-98) and a 97-52 mark in five campaigns at Montana (1987-91).
"There are several reasons that I was attracted to Utah State," Morrill said when he was hired. "The first was being a Utah native so that it is a homecoming of sorts for me. My brother and sister both live within an hour and a half of Logan.
"I am very familiar with the tradition of Utah State basketball and can name the greats as well as any alumni could," Morrill added. "It is a good basketball situation and my family will love the quality of the community of Logan. It is a great place to live and that is very important to me and my family. It just made sense to us."
The 60-year old ranks second on the CSU victory list and second in winning percentage. He guided the Rams to back-to-back 20-win seasons the last two years in Fort Collins, with identical 20-9 marks. During the 1997-98 season, CSU made its second trip to the NIT in the last three years.
Morrill guided CSU to two of its eight all-time 20-win seasons and won at least 17 games five times in his seven years. In fact, Morrill-led CSU teams own three of the top nine winning seasons in school history.
During his tenure at Colorado State, he coached three first-team all-WAC selections, one second-team pick and six honorable mention choices. Three of his players were named to the WAC all-tournament team.
After his collegiate playing career, which included being named an All-American at nearby Ricks (Idaho) Junior College and a two-time all-Big Sky selection at Gonzaga, Morrill played professionally in Europe.
His coaching career began as an assistant at Gonzaga from 1975-78 and then to Montana where he was an assistant from 1979-86 working for Mike Montgomery, who spent 17 years as the head coach at Stanford and is now the head coach at California. Montgomery worked under Jim Brandenburg and Jud Heathcote, who retired after a successful career, which included a national championship at Michigan State.
Morrill took over the Montana program in 1987 before moving to Colorado State in 1992. He is known for his deep-rooted values, consistency, hard work, dedication, honesty, integrity and concern for the welfare of his student-athletes.
Morrill earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gonzaga in 1974. He was born July 25, 1952 in Provo, Utah.
He and his wife Vicki have four grown children; sons Jesse and Allan, and daughters Nicole and Tiffany, and five grandchildren.
Morrill's Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Place Postseason 1987 Montana 18-11 .621 8-6 3rd 1988 Montana 18-11 .621 7-9 t6th 1989 Montana 20-11 .645 11-5 3rd 1990 Montana 18-11 .621 10-6 3rd 1991 Montana 23-8 .742 13-3 1st NCAA (0-1) 1992 Colorado State 14-17 .451 8-8 6th 1993 Colorado State 17-12 .586 9-9 5th 1994 Colorado State 15-13 .536 8-10 5th 1995 Colorado State 17-14 .548 7-11 t7th 1996 Colorado State 18-12 .600 11-7 4th NIT (0-1) 1997 Colorado State 20-9 .689 10-6 4th 1998 Colorado State 20-9 .689 8-6 4th NIT (0-1) 1999 Utah State 15-13 .536 8-8 4th 2000 Utah State 28-6 .824 16-0 1st NCAA (0-1) 2001 Utah State 28-6 .824 13-3 2nd NCAA (1-1) 2002 Utah State 23-8 .742 13-5 t1st NIT (0-1) 2003 Utah State 24-9 .727 12-6 3rd NCAA (0-1) 2004 Utah State 25-4 .862 17-1 t1st NIT (0-1) 2005 Utah State 24-8 .750 13-5 2nd NCAA (0-1) 2006 Utah State 23-9 .719 11-5 t2nd NCAA (0-1) 2007 Utah State 23-12 .657 9-7 4th NIT (0-1) 2008 Utah State 24-11 .686 12-4 t1st NIT (0-1) 2009 Utah State 30-5 .857 14-2 1st NCAA (0-1) 2010 Utah State 27-8 .771 14-2 1st NCAA (0-1) 2011 Utah State 30-4 .882 15-1 1st NCAA (0-1) 2012 Utah State 21-16 .568 8-6 4th CIT (4-1) Totals 26 Years 563-257 .687 285-141 .669