February 4, 2012
School Yrs. Seasons Win-Loss St. Joseph's Prep 11 2001-pres. 231-69 La Salle U. (men) 15 1986-2001 238-203 La Salle U. (women) 2 1984-86 43-17 Penn Charter 2 1982-84 41-14 Roman Catholic 14 1967-81 347-82 Totals 44 1967-pres. 900-385
February 17, 2012 |
Doug Overton could have told his son stories about his college basketball coach for hours. Heck, for even days, weeks and months into years. Instead, he went for brevity. "He only told me he's very passionate," Miles Overton said. "He said he'd let me find out the rest on my own. " Miles Overton, a junior, is a 6-3, 195-pound wing guard for St. Joseph's Prep and Friday he helped his coach, William "Speedy' Morris, again scribble his name into the record books. The occasion was a mostly routine Catholic League quarterfinal, played in the afternoon at the Prep, and Overton totaled 18 points and three assists as the Hawks muffled Archbishop Wood, 76-49.
March 22, 2013 |
SPEEDY MORRIS picked up the phone on Sunday after learning La Salle had made the NCAA Tournament and left a message for Explorers head coach John Giannini. "I called John to wish him well," Morris said Thursday evening. "I told him he didn't have to call me back because I knew he'd be a little busy. " Morris can speak from experience. He was La Salle's coach the last time the Explorers made NCAA Tournament. That was in March of 1992, when La Salle was a No. 13 seed. Morris' Explorers, led by Randy Woods, lost to Seton Hall, 78-76, in the first round.
March 13, 2001 |
Last week, a good man was fired from the job he loved as much as the air he breathes. I understand why. And so does Speedy Morris. Morris was cut loose Friday as basketball coach at LaSalle University. Eight losing seasons in a row are not optimum dynamics for job security in a profession where winning is the final arbiter. Coaching is often a cruel business, at all times an insane one. I know. I coach at the high school level. But I'm not here to muse about Speedy Morris the coach - take my word, he is a terrific coach.
January 9, 2013
LEGENDARY Philadelphia coach Speedy Morris is one step closer to the ultimate. Morris was named one of 31 North American Nominees - along with former Sixers player Maurice Cheeks and South Jersey's Gary Williams - to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this week. A candidate would need to garner seven of nine votes from the North American committee to become a finalist. Those will be announced in February at the NBA All-Star Game. Morris has coached Roman Catholic, Penn Charter, La Salle (women and men)
November 8, 2012 |
JOHN CHANEY has been close friends with Speedy Morris for years. That, however, is not why the Hall of Fame coach decided he wanted his friend to join him in Springfield, Mass. Chaney just looked at Morris' accomplishments in basketball and decided he deserved it. St. Joseph's Prep announced Wednesday that Chaney has nominated its head coach, Morris, to the Hall of Fame. The Hall really likes unique at any level of the sport and no coach has a resume like Speedy's. Morris was the first person to coach a Division I women's and then men's team.
February 26, 2006 |
Speedy Morris has 799 wins over 38 seasons, so it's no surprise that when he goes for No. 800 tonight, he will do so against one of his former players. The milestone for the St. Joseph's Prep head coach isn't a sure thing, though - at least not tonight - as Morris' Hawks face Carl Arrigale's Neumann-Goretti Saints in the Catholic League quarterfinals. The Hawks are ranked No. 4 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer; the Saints are No. 3. The 6 p.m. game is at, appropriately enough, La Salle University.
March 3, 1999 |
Speedy Morris doesn't know if tonight's first-round Atlantic Ten Conference tournament game against St. Joseph's will be the last he'll coach at La Salle. He does anticipate that, regardless, it will be one that will keep the spectators squirming in their Spectrum seats until the final ticks run off the clock. White-knuckle thrillers have become the hallmark of the heated, long-standing rivalry between the Explorers (12-14 overall, 8-8 conference), the third seed in the West Division, and the Hawks (12-17, 5-11)
March 6, 1994 |
Twelve hours after La Salle lost yet another heartbreaker, this time to Villanova, Speedy Morris showed up for lunch at a Roxborough tavern with fans and friends, some of whom strived mightily to perk up his spirits. "Somebody came over, shook my hand and said, 'Look, even if you lose your next 400 games, you'll still be over .500 (for your career), and a lot of coaches would kill to be at .500,' " Morris recalled. "Somehow, that didn't make me feel any better. " The current season - which ends with the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament, beginning today in Indianapolis - has been a nightmare for Morris.
July 6, 2001 |
Speedy Morris already looked at home yesterday at St. Joseph's Prep. As he relaxed in a chair in the office of Prep athletic director Jim Murray, Morris talked with Murray about everything. The future. The past. Family. Schedules. Rosters. Cafeteria food. The future. It appears especially bright at the Prep. The school yesterday introduced Morris, the former La Salle University men's basketball coach, as its new varsity basketball coach. He replaces Kevin Kelly, who resigned last month after two seasons.