Morrill Named Multiple Sclerosis Sportsperson of the Year In Utah
Sept. 11, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head basketball coach Stew Morrill has been named the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah Chapter Sportsperon of the Year, as selected by the MS Society Selection Committee. Morrill will be honored at the 22nd annual MS Dinner of Champions on the evening of October 12, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Morrill led the Aggies to the Big West Conference Championship last season with a 19-0 league mark and a school record 28 wins in only his second year at Utah State. The Aggies also appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history and the second time in the past three seasons.
"Being named the Multiple Sclerosis Sportsperson of the Year is a reflection of a remarkable season made possible by the efforts of a lot of people including our administration, coaches, players and fans," commented Morrill. "Having grown up in the state of Utah, I am very aware of the accomplishments of the past recipients and I will always cherish being included in that group."
The MS Dinner of Champions is an annual fund raising dinner for the National MS Society Utah Chapter that honors several outstanding athletes from the high school to the professional level and citizens from throughout the state.
Morrill is the third coach from Utah State honored with the award of Sportsperson of the Year in the state of Utah in the past seven years, as former basketball coach Larry Eustachy was honored in 1998, and former football coach Charlie Weatherbie was honored in 1994.
Other former Aggies to be honored include former golfer Jay Don Blake being named the Utah Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year in 1980 and the Professional of the Year in 1989, as well as the National Champion Utah State volleyball and softball teams being named the Team of the Year in 1979 and 1980 respectively.