USU's Stew Morrill On ESPN's Top 50 Coaches In College Basketball
July 3, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill is on ESPN's Top 50 Coaches in College Basketball, coming in at No. 48 on the countdown.
An ESPN Forecast panel of nearly 100 ESPN writers, editors, broadcasters and researchers were asked to rate college basketball coaches on all aspects of running a program, on a scale of 1-10. The scores were then compiled and ranked, and ESPN started the reveal in early June, completing it on Thursday with No. 1, Billy Donovan of Florida.
Morrill was one of two coaches from the Mountain West, joined by Steve Fisher of San Diego State at No. 18.
"I don't know what to say about that other than that it speaks to longevity a little bit. The 600 wins indicates it. Some people think you've done some things right to achieve that I guess. I just feel very fortunate," Morrill said.
Morrill became the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st all-time Division I head coach with 600 wins, after the Aggies' 75-58 win at San José State on March 1 was Morrill's 600th career victory. Morrill is now 602-281 (.682) overall, including 384-143 (.729) at USU.
The Aggie head coach is one of just nine active coaches to notch 18 20-win seasons. Morrill was named the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010 and 2011. Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. He has been named conference coach of the year six times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 21 times. Utah State has had 21 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 37 times under Morrill's leadership. Morrill led Utah State to 14 straight 21-win seasons and 13-straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records. Morrill has been involved in postseason action 16 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 18 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 23 times.
Utah State ended the 2013-14 season with an 18-14 overall and a 7-11 Mountain West record in USU's first season in the league. The seven conference wins were the most of any of the five newest teams to the league in their first season, topping Boise State's three wins in its first season in the league in 2011-12, as well as Fresno State's five wins and Nevada's three wins in their first seasons of 2012-13, along with San José State's one win this season.
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