Stan Morrison

Stan Morrison (born October 15, 1939)

Teams coached: Pacific Tigers, USC Trojans, San Jose State Spartans
Pacific record: 100-88 (.532)
USC record: 103-95 (.520)
San Jose State record: 72-172 (.295)
Overall record: 275-355 (.437)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1989-1998 San Jose State
1979-1986 USC
1972-1979 Pacific
1970-1972 USC (asst)
1966-1970 San Jose State (asst)
1962-1963 California (grad. asst)

Stan Morrison Facts

  • Stanley Mack Morrison
  • Born October 15, 1939
  • Hometown: Lynwood, California
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Berkeley (BA, 1961) / Sacramento State College (MA, 1966)
  • Morrison graduated from Bellflower HS (CA) before going on to play under head coach Pete Newell at California
    • The Bears finished as NCAA Runner-up in his first season (after the winning the title the year before he arrived)
    • Played his final season under new head coach Rene Herrerias before a brief professional career with Real Madrid in Spain
  • Returned to Cal in 1962, serving as a graduate assistant on Herrerias’ staff for one season
  • Spent three years coaching the varsity team at El Camino HS in Sacramento, during which time he earned his master’s degree
  • Joined Dan Glines’ staff at San Jose State in 1966, spending four seasons as an assistant coach there
  • Spent two years as one of Bob Boyd‘s assistants at USC before getting his first collegiate head coaching job at Pacific in 1972
  • Left Pacific for USC in 1979, coaching the Trojans for the next seven seasons
    • Went to the NCAA Tournament twice and won a share of the Pac-10 crown in 1985, earning conference COY honors
    • Assembled an impressive recruiting class in 1985 – headlined by Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble – but was let go after finishing just 11-17 with the star freshmen
  • Spent the next three years as the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara
  • Returned to coaching in 1989, serving as the head coach for nine seasons as San Jose State
    • Won just 72 games during his tenure, but did lead the Spartans to a surprise NCAA Tournament berth in 1996 after winning the Big West Tournament as the 6-seed
    • Resigned after the 1997-98, marking the end of his coaching career
  • Worked several jobs in the interim, including a stint as Shaquille O’Neal’s personal coach
  • Hired in August 1999 as athletic director at UC Riverside, helping to transition the program from Division II to Division I
    • Retired in August 2011 after twelve years with the university
  • Along with his wife, Jessie, has two grown children

Stan Morrison Coaching Tree

  • Dick Fichtner (Pacific)
  • Jeff Jackson (Furman, New Hampshire)