Stan Morrison

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Stan Morrison
Stan Morrison in 2016.jpg
Morrison in 2016
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Biographical details
Born (1939-10-15) October 15, 1939 (age 79)
Lynwood, California
Playing career
1959–1961 California
1961–1962 Real Madrid
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963 California (GA)
1963–1966 El Camino HS
1966–1970 San Jose State (assistant)
1970–1972 USC (assistant)
1972–1979 Pacific (CA)
1979–1986 USC
1989–1998 San Jose State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1986–1989 UC Santa Barbara
1999–2011 UC Riverside
Head coaching record
Overall 275–353
Tournaments 0–4 (NCAA)
Accomplishments and honors
PCAA regular season (1979)
PCAA/Big West Tournament (1979, 1996)
Pac-10 regular season (1985)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1985)

Stanley Mack Morrison (born October 15, 1939) is an American retired college basketball coach and athletic director. He was head men's basketball coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California from 1972 to 1979, University of Southern California (USC) from 1979 to 1986, and San Jose State University from 1989 to 1998.

From 1986 to 1989 Morrison was the athletic director for the University of California, Santa Barbara's 21-sport program, helped raise significant funds annually for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, and served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Committee. He was the athletic director at the University of California, Riverside for 12 years until his retirement on August 15, 2011.

Early life and college playing career[edit]

Born in Lynwood, California, Morrison graduated from Bellflower High School.[1] He then attended the University of California, Berkeley and played on the California Golden Bears varsity basketball team from 1959 to 1961 as a center.[2] Morrison averaged 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a senior.[3] graduated from UC Berkeley in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in physical education.[4]

Professional playing career[edit]

In the 1961–62 season, Morrison played professionally for Real Madrid Baloncesto, a team in the Spanish league. Real Madrid made the 1962 FIBA European Champions Cup Final.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1962, Morrison returned to UC Berkeley to be a graduate assistant on Rene Herrerias's staff.[4] The following year, Morrison became varsity coach at El Camino High School in Sacramento, California.[5] While coaching at El Camino, Morrison pursued a master's degree in physical education at Sacramento State College. Morrison received his master's in 1966, with the thesis The advantages and disadvantages in raising the height of the goal in basketball from ten feet to twelve feet.[6]

After getting his master's degree, Morrison became an assistant coach at San Jose State under Dan Glines.[7] Morrison recruited Darnell Hillman to San Jose State in 1967; Hillman would eventually play in the NBA.[8] Morrison then moved to USC as an assistant coach under Bob Boyd.[7] USC finished the 1970–71 season 24–2 and ranked #5 by the AP.[9]


Morrison got his first collegiate head coaching position at the University of the Pacific in 1972; he would lead the Pacific Tigers men's basketball team for seven seasons.[5] Morrison had a 100–88 record with Pacific, who finished Morrison's final season as head coach in 1978–79 first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association standings and made the 1979 NCAA Tournament.[10]


Morrison then became head coach at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1979. He was head coach for seven seasons, until he was fired under a new Athletic Director in 1986. Morrison had been named the Pacific-10 Coach of the Year after the 1985 season. USC under Morrison made the 1982 and 1985 NCAA tournaments.[10]

"Four Freshmen"[edit]

Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble were recruited to USC by 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.[11][12] 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.[11] USC hired George Raveling in March 1986 as the next head coach of the Trojans.[13] 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.[14] Raveling's controversial[15] 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."[11] Kimble and Gathers transferred together from USC to Loyola Marymount. Lewis transferred to Pepperdine. Grande remained at USC.

UC Santa Barbara athletic director[edit]

Morrison accepted the position of Director of Athletics at UC Santa Barbara in 1986, which involved overseeing a 21-sport program and serving as a member of the NCAA Women's Basketball Committee.

San Jose State[edit]

Morrison returned to San Jose State to be head coach in 1989.[7][16] Morrison inherited a team that went 5–21 under coach Bill Berry and had 10 players quit the team over accusations of verbal and physical abuse against Berry.[7] In Morrison's first season, San Jose State went 8–20 in 1989–90 then finished the 1990–91 season 7–20.[10] Following the 1990–91 season, Morrison dismissed four players from the team after they were arrested for stealing a student assistant's credit card.[17][18]

After 2–24 and 7–19 seasons, San Jose State finished the 1993–94 season 15–12 for the Spartans' first winning season since 1986–87.[10][19] Led by Olivier Saint-Jean, San Jose State then made the 1996 NCAA Tournament after winning the Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.[10] Saint-Jean later changed his name to Tariq Abdul-Wahad and was selected in the first round of the 1997 NBA draft. San Jose State moved from the Big West Conference to Western Athletic Conference for the 1996–97 season. Following a 3–23 season in 1997–98, Morrison resigned.[20]

UC Riverside athletic director[edit]

In August 1999, Morrison became athletic director at the University of California, Riverside. At UC Riverside, Morrison led the university's upgrade from NCAA Division II to Division I.[21] Morrison retired from the position on August 15, 2011.[22]


Morrison was the recipient of the 2016–17 Pete Newell Career Achievement Award at the University of California. The award is recognition for career achievement and is presented to a Cal men's basketball alumnus who has distinguished himself in his accomplishments while upholding the highest ideals of Coach Pete Newell and the University of California.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pacific Tigers (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1972–1979)
1972–73 Pacific 14–12 6–6 T–4th
1973–74 Pacific 14–12 4–8 T–5th
1974–75 Pacific 12–14 3–7 6th
1975–76 Pacific 14–14 4–6 T–5th
1976–77 Pacific 11–14 5–7 5th
1977–78 Pacific 17–10 9–5 T–3rd
1978–79 Pacific 18–12 11–3 1st NCAA Round of 32
Pacific: 100–88 42–42
USC Trojans (Pacific-10 Conference) (1979–1986)
1979–80 USC 12–15 5–13 T–7th
1980–81 USC 14–13 9–9 4th
1981–82 USC 19–9 13–5 3rd NCAA Round of 48
1982–83 USC 17–11 11–7 5th
1983–84 USC 11–20 6–12 8th
1984–85 USC 19–10 13–5 T–1st NCAA Round of 64
1985–86 USC 11–17 5–13 10th
USC: 103–95 62–64
San Jose State Spartans (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 T–8th
1993–94 San Jose State 15–11 11–7 T–2nd
1994–95 San Jose State 4–22 3–15 10th
1995–96 San Jose State 13–17 9–9 T–5th NCAA Round of 64
San Jose State Spartans (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         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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  2. ^ "Cal Lettermen." California Golden Bears 2014-15 Men's Basketball Information Guide. University of California, Berkeley: 2014. p. 109.
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  5. ^ a b Dhillon, Jagdip (December 9, 2010). "The '70s: Rocking the Civic". Stockton Record. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Morrison, Stanley M. (1966). "The advantages and disadvantages in raising the height of the goal in basketball from ten feet to twelve feet". Thesis (M.A., Physical Education) -- California State University, Sacramento.
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  8. ^ Faraudo, Jeff (February 3, 2012). "Darnell Hillman's flashy style a reminder of basketball's vivid past". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
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  11. ^ a b c Harvey, Randy - Un-Raveling at USC: A Failure to Communicate. Los Angeles Times, May 13, 1986
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Fleischman, Bill-Raveling Leaves Iowa To Take Reins At USC. Philadelphia Daily News, March 28, 1986
  14. ^ Florence, Mal Taken From 3 USC Freshmen : Lewis, Gathers and Kimble Receive Word From Raveling. Los Angeles Times, April 15, 1986
  15. ^ Sands, Vernon-At Least, If Raveling Gives a Hoot, Then So Does His USC Team. Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1986
  16. ^ Kroichick, Ron (November 22, 1989). "Mom Nudged Morrison Back to Basketball". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
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  18. ^ Meacham, Jody. "Beamin' Beacon; Morrison shows SJS the light as he rses above rocky program." San Jose Mercury News: March 6, 1995, p. 1E. Accessed via NewsBank.
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  20. ^ Curtis, Jake (March 4, 1998). "Q&A WITH STAN MORRISON / Exiting Coach Reflects On His Spartan Years". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  21. ^ Alexander, Jim (May 21, 2011). "The legacy of Stan Morrison at UCR". Riverside Press-Enterprise. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  22. ^ "UC Riverside's Morrison to Retire as Director of Athletics". UC Riverside. January 13, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2015.

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