Morrill at San Jose State in 2014
July 25, 1952 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Stewart Morrill (born July 25, 1952) is an American college basketball coach and the former head coach of the Utah State University men's basketball team. Morrill was an All-American at Ricks College and a two-time All-Big Sky selection for Gonzaga University. He started his coaching career in 1974 as an assistant at Gonzaga and later for the University of Montana under Mike Montgomery. In 1987, he became the head coach of the Grizzlies and led them to an NCAA berth in 1991. Morrill coached at Colorado State University from 1992 to 1998 before resigning and taking the coaching job at Utah State University.
On January 17, 2008, in an 82–78 victory over Boise State University, Morrill logged his 226th Aggie victory, passing E. Lowell Romney to become the winningest coach in Utah State basketball history.
Morrill has a record of 602–281 overall (.682), and 384–143 (.729) with Utah State. His 500th win came in a victory in Moscow, Idaho, on January 23, 2010 over Idaho, which is coached by his former assistant, Don Verlin. He has also racked up an incredible home record of 193–13 (.937) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as coach of the Aggies. Following a March 8, 2009 victory over San Jose State University, Stew Morrill became the only coach in Utah State history to have back-to-back undefeated seasons at home, extending the streak to 34 straight home wins. He is also the only Utah State coach to win thirty games in one season, a feat he accomplished in the 2008–09 season, and the 2010-11 season. During the 2009–10 season, he became the only Utah State basketball coach to win three straight regular season conference championships. The next year, he won his fourth straight regular season conference championship. Although he has a very impressive regular season record, he has the second worst tournament record in NCAA history 1-9 (.111) for any coach that has made the NCAA tournament five or more times. He also has a record of 0-6 in the NIT tournament.
With Morrill at the helm, the Aggies were one of only three Division I teams to have won at least 23 games in each of the last twelve seasons. The other schools are Gonzaga and Kansas. Over the past eleven years under Morrill, Utah State (.764) had the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation behind Duke (.831), Kansas (.809) and Gonzaga (.799).
All of his former assistants have had immediate success as head coaches at their respective schools.
On January 9, 2015, USU announced that Stew would retire at the end of the 2014-2015 season.
Head coaching record
|Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (1987–1991)|
|1990–91||Montana||23–8||13–3||1st||NCAA First Round|
|Montana:||97–52 (.651)||49–29 (.628)|
|Colorado State Rams (Western Athletic Conference) (1994–1999)|
|1995–96||Colorado State||18–12||11–7||4th||NIT First Round|
|1996–97||Colorado State||20–9||10–6||4th (Pacific)|
|1997–98||Colorado State||20–9||8–6||4th (Mountain)||NIT First Round|
|Colorado State:||121–86 (.585)||61–57 (.517)|
|Utah State Aggies (Big West Conference) (1998–2005)|
|1998–99||Utah State||15–13||8–8||4th (Eastern)|
|1999–00||Utah State||28–6||16–0||1st (Eastern)||NCAA First Round|
|2000–01||Utah State||28–6||13–3||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2001–02||Utah State||23–8||13–5||T–1st||NIT First Round|
|2002–03||Utah State||24–9||12–6||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2003–04||Utah State||25–4||17–1||T–1st||NIT First Round|
|2004–05||Utah State||24–8||13–5||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|Utah State Aggies (Western Athletic Conference) (2005–2013)|
|2005–06||Utah State||23–9||11–5||T–2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2006–07||Utah State||23–12||9–7||4th||NIT First Round|
|2007–08||Utah State||24–11||12–4||T–1st||NIT First Round|
|2008–09||Utah State||30–5||14–2||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2009–10||Utah State||27–8||14–2||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2010–11||Utah State||30–4||15–1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2011–12||Utah State||21–16||8–6||4th||CIT Runner-up|
|Utah State Aggies (Mountain West Conference) (2013–2015)|
|Utah State:||402–156 (.720)||204–80 (.718)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
These former assistant coaches or players of Morrill later became head coaches at the high school level or higher:
- Tim Duryea: Utah State (2015–present)
- Tony Fuller: Brophy College Preparatory (2006–2015)
- Randy Rahe: Weber State (2006–present)
- Dave Rice: UNLV (2011–2016)
- Blaine Taylor: Loyola Sacred Heart HS (1983–1986); Montana (1991–1998); Old Dominion (2001–2013)
- Don Verlin: Idaho (2008–present)
- Obert, Richard (March 10, 2015). "Brophy Prep, Veritas Prep, Hamilton changing boys basketball coaches". Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 4, 2015.