Speedy Morris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
William Morris
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1942-04-26) April 26, 1942 (age 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–2001 La Salle
Head coaching record
Overall 238–203

William "Speedy" Morris (born April 26, 1942) is a retired college basketball coach. He started at St. John the Baptist Catholic School CYO varsity basketball team. Then he went to Roman Catholic High School. He was then asked to be head coach of LaSalle University women's basketball team. He was head coach at La Salle University men's from 1986 to 2001. He led the Explorers to four NCAA tournament appearances. His 238 wins are the most in school history.

His best team was the 1989-1990 unit, led by Lionel Simmons and Doug Overton, which posted a 30-2 record and finished 12th in both major polls.

Morris was the first Division I coach to coach both the men's and women's program at a school.

While at La Salle, Morris coached future NBA players Simmons, Overton, Randy Woods, Tim Legler, and Rasual Butler. However, he was forced to resign in 2001 after eight straight losing seasons.

Soon afterward, he was hired at Saint Joseph's Prep High School in Philadelphia, and has been there ever since. On February 7 of 2011, he earned his 561st win in the Philadelphia Catholic League, the most of any coach in league history. On February 3, 2012, Speedy earned his 900th win as The Prep defeated Roman Catholic, a team he once coached. Speedy Morris is the first and only coach in Pennsylvania state history to win 300 games with two schools. Speedy won his 1000th game on January 12, 2018. [1]

See also[edit]