|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
|Phone:||323 259 2555|
Will Morris joins the Occidental staff this year as Associate
Head Coach. No stranger to the SCIAC, he has been the head
women's coach at Whittier College and associate head men's coach at
the University of LaVerne.
"I am very excited about being at Occidental. I think Occidental represents the best combination of athletics and academics in the country. 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. I look at Occidental as an Ivy League type of institution in one of the great cities in the world with terrific year 'round weather. There is a great commitment here to a world class education and a high level athletic experience as well."
Morris is an expert in developing players. He is known as a great teacher of fundamentals. He works closely with his athletes both on and off the court and in the weightroom to reach the maximum of their potential. He has tutored a number of highly rated players and has helped them to go on to play professionally. He has assisted former players in landing offers after graduation to play in countries including Denmark, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, Mexico and Canada. While coaching women, he had players who were recruited to play both internationally and in the WNBA.
While at LaVerne, Morris coached the only team in the history of the Institution which qualified for the NCAA Tournament. They were the number 1 rated team in the Western region and went on to make the NCAA Sweet 16. While at Hayward, he was part of a staff that took the team from 4 wins to be co-conference champions in 2 years. He coordinated a defense that ranked 2nd nationally. While at Whittier, he had 20 a win season and is the winningest coach in Whitter College Women's Basketball history.
Will's is married to Janet and has two boys, Mo (11) and Michael
(7), and they reside in Pasadena.
Morris is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Law with Honors. 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. However, he gave up the full-time practice of law to pursue his true passion, basketball. He has taught college courses in a number of areas including Sports Law and Recreational and Sports Management. He also served as the Head Golf Coach and Head Women's LaCrosse Coach at Whittier.
Morris is actively involved in education and serves as The Chair of the Annual Fund and School Site Council at his childrens' school, Don Benito Elementary in Pasadena. He is also an active AYSO and Little League coach and volunteer.