Stew Morrill Is Greatest Coach Nobody Knows About
The Utah State Aggies beat the New Mexico State Aggies last evening to give them an 18-6 overall record, and a 9-5 mark in the WAC, which is good for a tie for fourth place conference.
At the helm of the program is head coach Stew Morrill. How much do you know about him? Probably not too much. He has been doing his thing in the northern part of Utah since the 1998-1999 season, and all he does is win.
All he does is win… a lot.
Stew Morrill has amassed almost 581 career wins and 363 wins with the Aggies, and has done so with solid talent. Morrill, in his 15th season in Logan, Ut, has never finished lower than fourth in the WAC and have won the conference seven times, including four in a row from 2008-2011.
Morrill is a master X’s and O’s coach. He prefers to run sets versus a continuity offense, and he runs a lot of them. He also coached for the Montana Grizzlies and also the Colorado State Rams. With Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian and Lefty Driesell all up for Hall of Fame consideration, one may think that Morrill is far from that level. But is he?
Yes, Pitino and Tarkanian have won national championships, however, Driesell never did. As a matter of fact, Driesell never even advanced to a Final Four. In regards to Pitino and Tarkanian, do not forget that they had their issues too. Pitino had a dismal experience with the Boston Celtics, and Tarkanian had been sanctioned by the NCAA for academic fraud during his career.
Morrill has never had a scandal and is the epitomy of consistency. The only thing that Morrill lacks is a deep NCAA Tournament run, as he is only 1-9 in the NCAA tournament.
However, Hall of Fame or not, national spotlight or not, coach Morrill will never say a word. Instead, he and his program will continue to quietly win at Utah State, and he continue to be the greatest coach that nobody knows anything about.
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