Stan Morrison

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Stan Morrison (born October 15, 1939) is a retired college basketball coach and athletic director. He was head coach of the USC Trojans team from 1979 to 1986,[1] as well as San Jose State Spartans from 1989 to 1998 and Pacific Tigers from 1972 to 1979. He was the athletic director at UC Riverside for 12 years until his retirement on August 15, 2011. From 1986 to 1989 Morrison was the Athletic Director for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos' 21-sport program, helped raise significant funds annually for UCSB Athletics and served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Committee.[2]

College coach[edit]

Pacific[edit]

University of Southern California[edit]

"Four Freshmen"[edit]

Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble were recruited to the University of Southern California by Head Coach Stan Morrison and his top assistant, David Spencer. They were joined by high school All-American, Tom Lewis, and Rich Grande as the "Four Freshmen" star recruiting class.[3][4] Following an 11-17 season coaching USC, Morrison and Spencer were fired after the 1985-86 season was over, despite winning the Pac-10 the previous year. It was reported that the players would not remain unless certain conditions were met, including having a say in the next coaching staff.[3] USC hired George Raveling in March 1986 as the next head coach of the Trojans.[5] Raveling gave the players a deadline to respond whether they would remain on the team. When they did not respond, he revoked the scholarships of Gathers, Kimble, and Lewis.[6] Raveling's controversial[7] statement was, "You can't let the Indians run the reservation," he said. "You've got to be strong, too. Sometimes you have to tell them that they have to exit."[3] Kimble and Gathers transferred together from USC to Loyola Marymount. Lewis transferred to Pepperdine. Grande remained at USC.

San Jose State[edit]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pacific (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1972–1979)
1972-73 Pacific 14-12 6-6 4th
1973-74 Pacific 14-12 4-8 5th
1974-75 Pacific 12-14 3-7 6th
1975-76 Pacific 14-14 4-6 5th
1976-77 Pacific 11-14 5-7 5th
1977-78 Pacific 17-10 9-5 4th
1978-79 Pacific 18-12 11-3 1st NCAA 2nd Round
Pacific: 100-88 42-42


USC (Pacific-10 Conference) (1979–1986)
1979-80 USC 12-15 5-13 7th
1980-81 USC 14-13 9-9 4th
1981-82 USC 19-9 13-5 3rd NCAA 1st round
1982-83 USC 17-11 11-7 5th
1983-84 USC 11-20 6-12 8th
1984-85 USC 19-10 13-5 1st NCAA 1st round
1985-86 USC 11-17 5-13 10th
USC: 103-95 62-64


San Jose State (Big West Conference) (1989–1996)
1989-90 San Jose State 8-20 5-13 8th
1990-91 San Jose State 7-20 5-13 10th
1991-92 San Jose State 2-24 1-17 10th
1992-93 San Jose State 7-19 4-14 9th
1993-94 San Jose State 15-11 11-7 3rd
1994-95 San Jose State 4-22 3-15 10th
1995-96 San Jose State 13-17 9-9 6th NCAA 1st round
San Jose State (Western Athletic Conference) (1996–1998)
1996-97 San Jose State 13-14 5-11 6th (Pacific)
1997-98 San Jose State 3-23 1-13 8th (Pacific)


San Jose State: 72-170 44-112


Total: 275-353

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iLURAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4ekDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6665,3691850&dq=stan-morrison&hl=en
  2. ^ http://www.gohighlanders.com/staff.aspx?staff=63
  3. ^ a b c Harvey, Randy - Un-Raveling at USC: A Failure to Communicate. Los Angeles Times, May 13, 1986
  4. ^ Florence, Mal -Make Sweet Music in USC Victory. Los Angeles Times, January 18, 1986. The young players--Hank Gathers, Tom Lewis, Bo Kimble and Rich Grande--all contributed Saturday afternoon as USC beat Arizona State, 81-72, at the Sports Arena.
  5. ^ Fleischman, Bill-Raveling Leaves Iowa To Take Reins At USC. Philadelphia Daily News, March 28, 1986
  6. ^ Florence, Mal Taken From 3 USC Freshmen : Lewis, Gathers and Kimble Receive Word From Raveling. Los Angeles Times, April 15, 1986
  7. ^ Sands, Vernon-At Least, If Raveling Gives a Hoot, Then So Does His USC Team. Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1986