Speedy Morris

Speedy Morris (born April 26, 1942)

Teams coached: La Salle Explorers
La Salle record: 238-203 (.540)
Overall record: 238-203 (.540)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-2001 La Salle
1984-1986 La Salle (women’s)

Speedy Morris Facts

  • William Morris
  • Born April 26, 1942
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • First coaching opportunities were at St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Roman Catholic HS in Philadelphia
  • Hired in 1984 to be the head women’s coach at La Salle; went 43-17 in two seasons and reached the 1986 NCAA Tournament
  • Spent fifteen seasons as the head coach of the La Salle men’s team from 1986 to 2001
    • Went to the NCAA Tournament four times and the NIT twice (runner-up in 1987), all within his first six seasons
      • Best season was 1989-90, when the Explorers finished 30-2 and were ranked as high as #11 in the AP Poll
        • They earned a 4-seed in the NCAA Tournament but lost in the second round to 5-seed Clemson
      • During that 6-year stretch, Morris’ teams won three MAAC titles and four MAAC Tournaments
    • Explorers left the MAAC for the MCC (now Horizon League) in 1992, then switched to the Atlantic-10 in 1995
      • Morris finished below .500 in each of his final eight seasons and resigned from his position in 2001
  • Returned to the high school ranks, serving as the boys’ basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s Prep HS since 2001
    • Only coach in Philadelphia high school history to win 300+ games at two different schools
    • Surpassed 1,000 wins in Jan 2018 at the age of 75; has the most coaching wins in Philadelphia Catholic League history
  • Along with his wife, Mimi, has two sons

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