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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   
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February 17, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
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.
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March 22, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
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March 13, 2001 | By B.G. Kelley
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.
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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)
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November 8, 2012 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 26, 2006 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 3, 1999 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
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March 6, 1994 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 6, 2001 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 1, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Roman Catholic High School hired Matt Griffin as its new head basketball coach on Wednesday. An assistant coach under Speedy Morris at St. Joseph's Prep the last two seasons, Griffin is a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep who played basketball at both Rider University and Boston University. A captain for both college teams, he helped Boston qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2011 by winning the America East Championship. Griffin, the son of former St. Joseph's University head coach John Griffin Sr., replaces former Roman coach Chris McNesby, who resigned in May after two straight state-championship seasons to spend more time with his family.
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June 6, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
One of the big concerns about Ben Simmons, the 6-foot-10 wunderkind from Louisiana State whom the 76ers are likely to select with the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, is that his team didn't achieve all that much in his only season there. Though Simmons averaged more than 19 points, nearly 12 rebounds, and nearly five assists a game, LSU went just 19-14 and didn't qualify for the NCAA tournament. To put that incongruity in perspective, since the NBA instituted the draft lottery in 1985, only once has the top pick been a college player whose team did not play in the tournament that season: Pacific's Michael Olowokandi in 1998.
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March 25, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, STAFF WRITER
STEVE VASTURIA sat at the back corner of the visiting hockey locker room in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, looking as if he should still be sitting in high school, waiting for the day to end so he could get out on the basketball court. Vasturia has the face of a young teenager, prompting coach Mike Brey to label him the "baby-faced assassin. " But he also had that look of excitement that only youth can bring. Well, youth and playing one of the biggest games of your life just minutes from your hometown and pretty much down the road from your former high school.
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February 23, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
John Miller tells a good story. Charismatic, kind, and genial, he is the type of guy you sit down to have a conversation with and lose track of time. There is one story he tells about his wife, Emily, and the start of his career at Mount St. Joseph. It was a day after an initial meeting with Magic athletic director Janet Columbro and hours after a second one in which Columbro offered Miller the head coaching job of the girls' basketball team. When he returned to his Roxborough home to tell his wife and daughter, Katie, then a student at rival Merion Mercy, Emily's reaction was anything but ideal.
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January 14, 2016
1,020 Career points for Conestoga's Daryl Caldwell. 804-278 Tony Chapman's record in 38 seasons at Holy Ghost Prep. 303 Victories for Speedy Morris in 15 years at St. Joseph's Prep. 52 Three-pointers made by Upper Moreland's Damian Washington. 23.2 Scoring average for Quakertown's Griffin Schmidt.
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September 18, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE MAY BE NO more telling example of what kind of a man Bill Keenan was than the way he treated the disabled people who attended an annual Catholic retreat in Malvern. "Bill was one or the most unselfish people I've encountered," said Ed Seiders, head of Our Lady of Confidence Catholic Retreat at the Malvern Retreat House. "He was always toward the back of the line, making sure the stragglers to the dining hall felt as appreciated as the ones who were first in line. " If someone in a wheelchair needed a push, Bill would be there.
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March 22, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Meet Notre Dame sophomore guard Steve Vasturia off the basketball court and you see a tall, pleasant-looking young man who speaks in a humble and polite manner. But watch the former St. Joseph's Prep star on the court and you see a tough and determined contributor who can score, defend, and do the little things that have led to the success this season of the Fighting Irish, a third seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional. Notre Dame plays No. 6 Butler on Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.
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February 1, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Gola helped Lionel Simmons navigate the purchase of his first home. And his first car. And secure his first sports agent. Gola persuaded La Salle University that Speedy Morris was the right man for the job, even if Morris lacked the necessary qualifications to be men's basketball coach. And Gola, Fran Dunphy said, "did not see black or white. He just saw people. " Gola, who died Sunday at age 81, was one of the city's all-time basketball greats, but at Thursday's funeral he was remembered for being much more.
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January 28, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
TOM GOLA was, without any argument, the most accomplished college basketball player in city history. La Salle won the NIT when he was a freshman in 1952, the NCAA when he was a junior in 1954 and finished runner-up to Bill Russell's great San Francisco team when he was a senior. His death yesterday at 81 serves as a reminder of what he was on the court. It also conjures a nostalgic time from the 1950s when a sporting hero from 3rd and Lindley and Incarnation Grade School never lost sight of his roots and treated every kid who idolized him like he was one of his own. Gola was not years ahead of his time as a player.
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December 9, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Speedy Morris realizes that people hand out lifetime achievement awards only to retired basketball coaches who are getting up there in age. He pleads guilty on one count. "Yes, I'm getting old, I'm 71," Morris said Saturday after being recognized with a Lifetime Coaching Excellence Award at the ECAC Holiday Festival tournament at Madison Square Garden. But retirement? Forget about it. Morris is entering his 46th year as a head coach and his 13th season at St. Joseph's Prep, and he feels too good to stop.
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