Morris Takes Reigns of Oxy Golf Programs

Morris Takes Reigns of Oxy Golf Programs

LOS ANGELES — If the trivia question is who has coached the most sports in SCIAC history, the answer may be Will Morris. 

The coaching veteran, professor and lawyer has been named the head coach of the Occidental men's and women's golf programs, Oxy athletic director Jaime Hoffman announced on Tuesday.

Morris, who has been at Oxy for the past three years as an associate head men's basketball coach, the athletic department's community wellness coordinator and most recently the head women's tennis coach, takes over for Andrew Larkin, who took a job as an assistant coach at UCLA.

"I very much look forward to coaching golf at Occidental, where we can offer the quality of education associated with the Ivy League and a climate more suited for golf," Morris said. "I have had a lifelong passion for the game and can't wait to get started."

Morris has coached everything from basketball, to golf and even lacrosse in the SCIAC. He won a SCIAC championship as the associate head coach of the La Verne Men's basketball team in the 90s and became the winningest head coach in the history of the Whittier women's basketball program during his tenure from 1998-2008. 

But the Oberlin graduate's first passion and true expertise lies in golf. He started at his local par 3 course when he was just 3-years-old, went on to be the captain and MVP of his college golf team and even briefly caddied on the PGA tour as a part-time job in college. He has had stints as the head golf coach at Whittier College and Blair HS in Pasadena.

"Will comes from the old school philosophy of small college athletics where coaches are truly educators first," Hoffman said. "I'm not sure there's a sport he can't coach, but we're happy to have such a seasoned educator moving over to coach his first love."

After Oberlin, Morris graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Law. He practiced law for a number of years in the areas of Real Estate, Probate, Estate Planning and Business. He has been on the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association and Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. 

He gave up the full-time practice of law to pursue teaching and coaching. He has taught college courses in a number of areas including Sports Law and Recreation and Sports Management.

Will is married to Janet and has two boys, Mo (14) and Michael (10), and they reside in Pasadena.

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