Will Morris enters his fourth year on the Occidental basketball staff 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 love being at Occidental. I think Oxy represents the best combination of athletics and academics in the country. It is a premier institution in both areas. I have known and admired Brian Newhall for over 20 years. He is the dean of the coaches in our conference. 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 the court and in the weight room 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 Denmark, Spain, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, Mexico and Canada among others. While coaching women, he had players who were recruited to play both internationally and the WNBA.
While at LaVerne, Morris coached the only team in the history of the Institution to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. They were the number 1 rated team in the Western region and made the NCAA Sweet 16. While at Hayward, he was part of a staff that took the team from 4 wins to be conference co-champions within 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.
Morris is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and an honors graduate of 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.
However, he gave up the full-time practice of law to pursue his true passions, teaching and basketball. He has taught college courses in a number of areas including Sports Law and Sports Business and Management. He also served as the Head Golf Coach and Head Women's LaCrosse Coach at Whittier.
Morris is married to Janet and has two boys, Mo and Michael, the family resides in Pasadena. Morris is actively involved in education and serves as The Chair of the Annual Fund and on the PTA board at his child's school, Don Benito Elementary in Pasadena, CA. He has presided over the most successful fundraising campaigns in Don Benito's history. Morris is also an active AYSO, YMCA and Little League coach and volunteer.