Utah State coach Stew Morrill to retire following the end of the 2014-15 season
LOGAN, Utah -- Utah State head men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Friday that the 2014-15 season will be his final one as head coach as he will retire in March. This is his 17th year leading the Aggies’ program and the 40th overall in the coaching profession, including his 29th as a head coach.
“I know it’s the right time to make this decision," Morrill said. "I am looking forward to some new freedoms and bugging my wife Vicki on a daily basis.
“Many thanks to University President Stan Albrecht, Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes, all of my assistants through the years, all the young men who have played for me as their coach, and of course the wonderful boosters and fans who have supported our program.
“I am looking forward to the remainder of this season, but then I believe the Utah State basketball program will benefit by having a new ‘voice’ as its head coach.”
Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes will immediately begin the search for USU’s next head basketball coach and will have no other announcement until a new head coach has been hired after the completion of the season.
“Stew Morrill is synonymous with Utah State basketball and will go down in Aggie history as the greatest coach to ever walk up and down the sidelines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum,” Barnes said. “Stew has given 100 percent in making USU basketball and so many student-athletes into the best they could be, and we're very appreciative of his 17 years of service and dedication to Utah State University.
“It is never easy when a coach and a person who has built a program to greatness retires, but I am proud to have worked with him. We will miss him and I wish him nothing but the best in the next phase of his life, whistle free.”
During the 2013-14 season, Morrill became the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st Division I head coach to notch 600 wins. Morrill now has a 611-287 (.680) overall record, including a 393-149 (.725) mark at USU, which includes a 26-10 (.722) record in conference tournaments.
Morrill, who became the Aggies’ all-time winningest coach during the 2007-08 season, is also the school record holder in career games coached (542) and ranks as the second-longest tenured head basketball coach in school history, trailing only E. Lowell Romney who served as USU’s head coach for 22 seasons from 1920-41.