Speedy Morris

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Speedy Morris
Biographical details
Born (1942-04-26) April 26, 1942 (age 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1984La Salle (W)
1986–2001La Salle (M)
Head coaching record
Overall238–203 (men's)
43–17 (women's)
1–4 (NCAA Division I)
4–2 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
3 MAAC regular season (1988–1990)
4 MAAC Tournament (1988–1990, 1992)
2 MAAC Coach of the Year (1988, 1989)

William "Speedy" Morris (born April 26, 1942) is an American basketball coach.

Morris started coaching at St. John the Baptist Catholic School's CYO varsity basketball team. He then went on to coach at Roman Catholic High School. Morris was then asked to be head coach of LaSalle University's women's basketball team. He was head coach of the La Salle University men's team from 1986 to 2001, where he led the Explorers to four NCAA tournament appearances.

Morris's 238 wins are the most in school history. His best team was the 1989–90, 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 the same 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, Morris was hired at Saint Joseph's Prep High School in Philadelphia, and has been there ever since. On February 7 2011, he earned his 561st win in the Philadelphia Catholic League, the most of any coach in league history. On February 3, 2012, Morris earned his 900th win as Prep defeated Roman Catholic, a team he once coached. Morris is the first and only coach in Pennsylvania state history to win 300 games with two schools. He won his 1000th game on January 12, 2018.

Head coaching record[edit]

College men's[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
La Salle Explorers (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1986–1992)
1986–87 La Salle 20–13 10–4 2nd NIT Runner-up
1987–88 La Salle 24–10 14–0 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1988–89 La Salle 26–6 13–1 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1989–90 La Salle 30–2 16–0 1st (South) NCAA Division I Second Round
1990–91 La Salle 19–10 12–4 2nd NIT First Round
1991–92 La Salle 20–11 12–4 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
La Salle Explorers (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1992–1995)
1992–93 La Salle 14–13 9–5 3rd
1993–94 La Salle 11–16 4–6 5th
1994–95 La Salle 13–14 7–7 6th
La Salle Explorers (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1995–2001)
1995–96 La Salle 6–24 3–13 T–5th (West)
1996–97 La Salle 10–17 5–11 T–5th (West)
1997–98 La Salle 9–18 5–11 T–4th (West)
1998–99 La Salle 13–15 8–8 3rd (West)
1999–00 La Salle 11–17 5–11 5th (West)
2000–01 La Salle 12–17 5–11 8th
La Salle: 238–203 128–96
Total: 238–203

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

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