William Kelso Morrill

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William Kelso Morrill
Sport(s) Lacrosse
Current position
Title Head coach
Biographical details
Born Dec. 13, 1903
Baltimore, Maryland
Died Apr. 11, 1968
Playing career
1925–1927 Johns Hopkins
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1935–1950 Johns Hopkins
Head coaching record
Overall 68–31–1 (.685)
Accomplishments and honors
1941, 1950
Howdy Myers Award

William Kelso Morrill (Dec. 13, 1903 – Apr 11, 1968) was a college lacrosse player and coach. He served as the head lacrosse coach at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University from 1935 to 1950, where he won two Wingate Memorial trophies representing the National lacrosse title. Morrill also served as an executive and head of official for the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1978.

Early life[edit]

Kelso Morrill was raised in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Baltimore City College. He went on to college at Johns Hopkins where he starred in lacrosse from 1925 to 1927 and his teams won two National titles.

Coach at Hopkins[edit]

Morrill was the Blue Jays 10th lacrosse coach since the school started up the sport in 1891. His 1941 team went 12 and 0, won the USILA National title, outscored their opponents 151 to 19, and pitched 5 shutouts.

Later life and honors[edit]

After his coaching tenure at Hopkins, Morrill remained active in the sport of lacrosse serving in an various administrative and rule-setting capacities. In Bob Scott's well-known lacrosse tome, Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, he credited Morrill as being one of the finest early innovators of the college game.[1]

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inducted Morrill in 1978.[2] Morrill's son, William K. Morrill Jr. followed in his father's footsteps both as a star player at Johns Hopkins and as a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, graduated as Hopkins' all-time leading goal scorer and point scorer. Bill's son Mike (1988) also made the All-America team, and was a member of the 1990 and 1994 U.S. national teams.

Kelso Morrill wrote books on lacrosse, geometry and trigonometry. He received a Ph.D. degree and later became an Associate Professor of Mathematics. The William Kelso Morrill Award for Excellence in Mathematics was established at Hopkins in 1995 in his honor.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, Bob Scott.
  2. ^ William K. Morrill Sr., National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
  3. ^ William Kelso Morrill Award, Description and Background of the Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Mathematics.