MORRIS AND MOORE JOIN MEN'S BASKETBALL COACHING STAFFBy Mirin Fader Sports Information
LOS ANGELES — Occidental College men's basketball coach Brian Newhall filled out his supporting cast, announcing Will Morris as his associate head coach and Ryan Moore as the team's recruiting coordinator and director of basketball operations on Monday.
Morris is looking forward to returning to SCIAC basketball after serving as the head women's coach at Whittier College and associate head men's coach at the University of LaVerne, this time excited about donning orange and black for the Tigers.
"I am very excited about being at Occidental. I think Occidental represents the best combination of athletics and academics in the country," Morris said. "It is a premier institution academically and athletically. I have known Brian Newhall for over 20 years and am excited about being a member of a staff at a great school. Occidental has gone further in the NCAA Tournament than any SCIAC team in history.
"There is a great commitment here to a world class education and a high level athletic experience as well," he said.
Morris' teams have advanced to the highest levels of collegiate competition. He assisted LaVerne to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 in the school's first postseason appearance. As a head coach at Whittier, Morris remains the winningest coach in the program history.
Though he holds a law degree with Honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Law in addition to his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, Morris gave up his full-time practice of law to continue following his passion for basketball through coaching. He specializes in individual player development, and has facilitated professional opportunities overseas for former players to play in Denmark, Canada, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan and more.
Morris will be joined by Ryan Moore, who excelled at various scouting positions at the Division I level. Moore was most recently the director of player development at the University of San Francisco after serving as the recruiting coordinator for the associate head coach.
"Ryan brings toughness, energy and a thorough knowledge of basketball at all levels to our staff," said Newhall, who's in his 24th season as Oxy's head coach. "He's a proven recruiter and just the type of personality we need to help us get back to the Elite Eight."
Moore is no stranger to Southern California basketball. He spent more than a decade coaching high school basketball and developing elite level players. He was the Associate Head Coach at Simi Valley HS from 2005-11 in which the team comprised a 124-47 record and a No. 17 national ranking in 2008. There he coached numerous eventual college players, including Lorne Jackson (Pepperdine), Mike Meza (UC San Diego), Jonathan Davis (George Washington), Tyler Trapani (UCLA), Brad Lewis (UC Santa Barbara), and current Oxy forward CJ Faulwell. Prior to Simi Valley, Moore was also the head coach at Oaks Christian, an assistant coach at Calabasas HS, and a recruiter for Pump N Run, one of the premier AAU programs in the country.