USU's Stew Morrill on ESPN's Top 50 Coaches in College Basketball
Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014
Utah State's men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill is on ESPN's Top 50 Coaches in College Basketball, coming in at No. 48 on the countdown.
Utah State University’s men’s basketball head coach Stew Morrill is included in ESPN’s Top 50 Coaches in College Basketball, coming in at No. 48 on the countdown.
An ESPN Forecast panel of nearly 100 ESPN writers, editors, broadcasters and researchers were asked to rate college basketball coaches on a scale of 1-10 on all aspects of running a program. The scores were then compiled and ranked, and ESPN started the reveal in early June, completing it on Thursday, July 3, with No. 1, Billy Donovan of Florida.
Morrill was one of two coaches from the Mountain West, joined by Steve Fisher of San Diego State at No. 18.
“I don’t know what to say about that other than that it speaks to longevity a little bit,” Morrill said. “The 600 wins indicates it. Some people think you’ve done some things right to achieve that I guess. I just feel very fortunate.”
Morrill became the 14th active Division I head coach, and the 41st all-time Division I head coach, with 600 wins following the Aggies' 75-58 win at San José State March 1, 2014. Morrill is now 602-281 (.682) overall, including 384-143 (.729) at USU.
The Aggie head coach is one of just nine active coaches to notch 18 20-win seasons. Morrill was named the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010 and 2011. Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. He has been named conference coach of the year six times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011 at Utah State.