17th season at utah state
USU record (393-149, .725)
Morrill is the all-time winningest coach in Utah State history with 366 wins, surpassing E. Lowell Romney's 225 wins in 2008.
Overall Record (611-287, .680, 29 Seasons)
2009, 2010 & 2011 WAC Coach of the Year
Record at Utah State (393-149, .725)
Entering his 29th season as a collegiate head coach and 17th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has established himself as one of the most respected coaches in the country. He is also the school's all-time winningest coach as he passed the legendary E. Lowell Romney's 225 career wins on Jan. 17, 2008 with an 82-78 win against Boise State.
In 16 years at Utah State, Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading USU to an incredible 384-143 (.729) record, including a 193-73 (.726) mark in three different conference, the Big West (1999-05), Western Athletic (2006-13) and Mountain West (2014-pres.).
While at Utah State, he has guided the Aggies to a 21-win season a total of 14 times, as USU's 13 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4, CIT-1), was snapped in 2012-13, but both of which are school records. Prior to Morrill's run, USU had never posted more than three-straight 20-win seasons and participated in more than three-straight postseason tournaments.
Morrill has also led Utah State to the sixth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 14 years at 73.9 percent with an overall record of 369-130. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 219-82 record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 15 years.
Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011.
The 2013-14 edition of Utah State men's basketball was in its first season in the Mountain West, posting an 18-14 overall and 7-11 MW mark, finishing eighth in the league. USU won its first-ever MW Championships game with a come-from-behind 73-69 win over Colorado State, before falling to top-seed and eighth-ranked San Diego State in the quarterfinals.
Individually, senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and fellow senior, center Jarred Shaw became USU's first MW honorees, as the Aggie duo collected honorable mention all-MW accolades.
USU was 13-5 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in 2013-14, marking the Aggies' 11th-straight season with 13 or more home wins and its 21st-straight season with double-digit home wins.
Utah State's streak of consecutive seasons with at least one player earning first-team all-league accolades halted in 2013, but two Aggies collected second-team all-WAC honors in Butterfield and Shaw. Both were also tabbed to the WAC's all-newcomer team.
During the 2011-12 season, Utah State made its 30th postseason appearance all-time as it advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament winning four postseason games in the process, which is a single-season school record.
Guard Preston Medlin was named first-team all-WAC in 2011-12, becoming just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors along with Nate Harris (2004).
Utah State had two other players honored by the WAC in 2012 as senior guard Brockeith Pane was named to the league's honorable mention team, while junior forward Kyisean Reed was voted to the WAC's all-newcomer team.
Medlin and Pane were also named to the CollegeInsider.com all-tournament team in 2012 along with senior forward Morgan Grim.
Overall, Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 21 times. Morril has also coached three WAC Players of the Year in Tai Wesley (2011), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Jaycee Carroll (2008), and all three of those players went on to earn Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors - Wesley (2011); Wilkinson (2009); Carroll (2007, 2008).
During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season WAC Championship, including its third-straight outright title with a 15-1 record. USU also won its second WAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history, including eight times under Morrill's watch.
Furthermore, the 2010-11 Aggie basketball team was nationally ranked for the last nine weeks of the season and finished the year ranked No. 25 in the country in final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, marking the first time since the 1978 season and only the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team was nationally ranked at the end of the year.
Morrill was also honored during the 2010-11 season and was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the third time in as many years. He was also named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 6 Co-Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.
All-time, Morrill has been named Coach of the Year five times in his 15 years at USU (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC), along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991.
Morrill has taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 16 years, USU is an amazing 237-27 (.898) at home, which includes a 116-18 (.866) record in league play.
As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 18 different occasions during his career and has won at least 18 games a total of 25 times.
With an overall record of 602-281 (.682), Morrill became the 14th active Division I head coach and the 41st all-time Division I head coach with 600 wins, after the Aggies' 75-58 win at San José State on March 1, 2014. Morrill's career winning percentage of 68.2 percent ranks 19th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of 22 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just nine active coaches to notch at least 18 20-win seasons. His streak of 14 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches.
Academics and community service have been of top priority to Morrill and his staff as all of the team members are involved with USU's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program within the community. In his 16 years, Morrill has graduated better than 80 percent of his players, and over the past 12 years, Utah State has had 36 academic all-conference honorees.
Morrill, who was born in Provo, Utah and attended Provo High School, owns a career record of 602-281 in 28 years of collegiate coaching, including a 384-143 record at Utah State in 16 years, a 121-86 record in seven years at Colorado State (1992-98) and a 97-52 mark in five campaigns at Montana (1987-91).
"There are several reasons that I was attracted to Utah State," Morrill said when he was hired. "The first was being a Utah native so that it is a homecoming of sorts for me. My brother and sister both live within an hour and a half of Logan.
"I am very familiar with the tradition of Utah State basketball and can name the greats as well as any alumni could," Morrill added. "It is a good basketball situation and my family will love the quality of the community of Logan. It is a great place to live and that is very important to me and my family. It just made sense to us."
The 62-year old ranks second on the CSU victory list and second in winning percentage. He guided the Rams to back-to-back 20-win seasons the last two years in Fort Collins, with identical 20-9 marks. During the 1997-98 season, CSU made its second trip to the NIT in the last three years.
Morrill guided CSU to two of its eight all-time 20-win seasons and won at least 17 games five times in his seven years. In fact, Morrill-led CSU teams own three of the top nine winning seasons in school history.
During his tenure at Colorado State, he coached three first-team all-WAC selections, one second-team pick and six honorable mention choices. Three of his players were named to the WAC all-tournament team.
After his collegiate playing career, which included being named an All-American at nearby Ricks (Idaho) Junior College and a two-time all-Big Sky selection at Gonzaga, Morrill played professionally in Europe.
His coaching career began as an assistant at Gonzaga from 1975-78 and then to Montana where he was an assistant from 1979-86 working for Mike Montgomery, who spent 17 years as the head coach at Stanford and is now the head coach at California. Montgomery worked under Jim Brandenburg and Jud Heathcote, who retired after a successful career, which included a national championship at Michigan State.
Morrill took over the Montana program in 1987 before moving to Colorado State in 1992. He is known for his deep-rooted values, consistency, hard work, dedication, honesty, integrity and concern for the welfare of his student-athletes.
Morrill earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gonzaga in 1974. He was born July 25, 1952 in Provo, Utah.
He and his wife Vicki have four grown children; sons Jesse and Allan, and daughters Nicole and Tiffany, and five grandchildren.
Associate Coach, 14th Season at Utah State
Entering his 14th year at Utah State is Tim Duryea (pronounced Dur-E-A), who joined the Aggie coaching staff in July, 2001. Duryea, who was promoted to associate coach following the 2008 season, is the longest tenured assistant coach in school history dating back to the 1959 season.
While at Utah State, Duryea spent his first seven seasons in charge of an Aggie defense that traditionally ranked among the top in the nation in points allowed, including a fourth-place finish in 2002 (58.1), a sixth-place finish in 2004 (58.1), an eighth-place finish in 2005 (57.8) and a ninth-place finish in 2003 (60.0).
In 2013-14, USU ranked second in the nation in three-point percentage (.406), as well as 12th in assists per game (15.9) and 19th in assist-turnover ratio (1.44). Along with his offensive coaching duties, Duryea also works with USU's post players, including Jarred Shaw, who earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors in 2013-14. Shaw appeared on the Charlotte Hornets Summer League roster in 2014.
In the 2009-10 season, USU ranked third nationally in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 in all three shooting categories. During the 2008-09 season, Duryea took the reins of the Aggie offense and USU finished the year as the nation's best shooting team (.496), while ranking 17th in three-point shooting (.394).
Prior to joining the Aggies, Duryea was the head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 2000-01. During his two years at the helm, his teams produced a 40-25 record and back-to-back trips to the Region Six Championships.
A 1988 graduate of the University of North Texas, Duryea began his coaching career in 1988 at Colorado State University before moving on to North Texas in 1993. Duryea then went to Hutchinson Community College as an assistant coach for two seasons before becoming the head coach there prior to the 1999-2000 season.
Duryea played basketball at Denton (Texas) High School and Texas Pan-American before transferring to North Texas. At UNT, Duryea was a co-captain in 1988 for one of only three teams in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
He was born in Medicine Lodge, Kan., on Nov. 16, 1964. He and his wife Angie have 19-year old twins, Tanner (son) and Taylor (daughter) and a 12-year old daughter (Kaylee). Tanner is a freshman lacrosse player at Westminster (Utah), while Taylor is a freshman volleyball player at Dixie State (Utah).
Assistant Coach, seventh Season at Utah State
Tarvish Felton is entering his seventh season as an assistant coach at Utah State. Felton joined the staff in June, 2008 and his primary emphasis is on rebounding, recruiting, academics, opposing team scouts, game preparation and player development.
Under Felton's tutelage in 2013-14, Utah State led the Mountain West and ranked 18th in the NCAA in rebound margin (+5.8). Individually, Jarred Shaw was 35th in defensive rebounds per game (6.33) and 73rd in overall rebounds per game (8.3), along with eighth in the Mountain West in rebounding (8.3). Shaw earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors in 2013-14, and appeared on the Charlotte Hornets Summer League rosterin 2014.
In 2012-13, USU led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked third in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+9.1), while also leading the conference in rebounding defense (28.4 rpg).
Prior to joining the Utah State staff, Felton spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant at Sacramento State. In all, Felton brought nine years of coaching experience with him to Utah State and had coached 11 players who earned all-conference honors.
Felton began his coaching career as an assistant at Southern Utah during the 1999-2000 season, before spending two years at Cal State Los Angeles. He then spent the 2002-03 academic year starting the Texas A&M-International program and served as its head coach for three seasons, followed by another one-year stint as an assistant at Southern Utah before moving on to Sacramento State.
A 1999 graduate of Southern Utah with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Felton was a two-time IHC Health Plans state player of the year as a junior and senior. Also during his senior season, he received all-Mid-Continent Conference honors and was named Southern Utah's academic athlete of the year for basketball. All-time, Felton ranks fourth in Southern Utah history in blocked shots (68), fifth in steals (139) and seventh in rebounding (505), leading SUU in rebounding in 1998 with 7.6 rebounds per game.
Felton, who is a native of Perry, Ga., played his freshman season at Northeast College in Norfolk, Neb.
Felton married USU Executive Associate Athletics Director Jana Doggett in May, 2011 and the couple has a 14-year old daughter, DeAubrey Ann Bowers and a newborn son, Deekan G. Felton.
Assistant Coach, seventh Season at Utah State
Chris Jones is beginning his seventh season at Utah State after joining the program in April, 2008. With USU, Jones' primary responsibilities are coaching the Aggie guards as well as in-state recruiting. Jones is also in charge of an Aggie defense that led the Western Athletic Conference in points allowed four times in five years, and in field goal percentage defense three times in five years.
In 2013-14, Utah State led the Mountain West and ranked 18th in the NCAA in rebound margin (+5.8), as well as ranking 38th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313). Jones helped guide the Aggie guards to rank 12th in the NCAA in assists per game (15.9) and 19th in assist-turnover margin, along with ranking 36th in total assists (510).
During the 2010-11 season, Utah State ended the season as one of the top defensive teams in the nation, ranking third in field goal percentage defense (.383), fifth in scoring defense (58.7) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.302). The 2012-13 Aggie defense led the WAC in rebounding defense (28.4 rpg).
Prior to joining the Aggies, Jones spent four seasons at the University of Utah as an assistant coach in 2007 and 2008 and the Director of Basketball Operations in 2005 and 2006. Jones also spent three years at Utah as the video coordinator for basketball from 1995-97, working with All-Americans Keith Van Horn, Andre Miller and Michael Doleac.
Jones began his coaching career in London, England as the head coach of Wurthing Bears from 1998-99 before spending three years as an instructor at Champions Athletic Academy. He then returned to the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Westminster College in Salt Lake City from 2003-04, helping the Griffin's advance to the NAIA National Tournament, earn a national ranking of 21st in the country and win the Frontier Conference championship.
Jones played college basketball at Utah for two seasons (1993-94) and was part of the 1993 team that won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He graduated from Utah in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Jones was born on Dec. 30, 1971 in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Judge Memorial High School in 1990. He and his wife, Emily, have a son, Rylan (14) and a daughter, Rendi (11).
Director of Basketball Operations, fifth Season at Utah State
Jesse Parker is entering his second year as the director of basketball operations at Utah State.
Parker is responsible for scheduling all team meetings, meals and travel, helping coordinate practices, disseminate information and act as the liaison between the coaching staff and support staff, coordinating recruiting visits, managing program's equipment, supervising and coordinating student managers and assisting with day-to-day activities of the coaching staff.
Parker also coordinates the annual summer Stew Morrill Basketball Camps.
A native of Kamas, Utah, Parker was the Aggies' team manager from 2009-13, handling practice set up, equipment and uniforms, as well as various other practice and game day responsibilities.
During Parker's time with USU, the Aggies have won two Western Athletic Conference titles and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Parker earned his bachelor's degree in physical education teaching from Utah State in 2012 and earned his master's degree in education from USU in the spring of 2014.
Parker's father is longtime South Summit HS head football coach Jerry Parker.
Graduate Assistant, first Season at Utah State
Green is in his first season on the Aggies' staff as a graduate assistant. Green is returning to USU following his LDS Church Mission which came after a standout two-year career after originally joining the Aggies from Salt Lake (Utah) CC. Green is a native of Kaysville, Utah, where he attended Davis HS.
HONORS: WAC All-Newcomer Team (2010).
RECORDS LIST: Ranks first all-time at Utah State for both a single-season and career in three-point percentage of 50.0 percent ... The previous records were held by Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) who shot 49.8 percent from three during the 2007-08 season and had a career three-point percentage of 46.5 percent from behind the arc for his career.
THIS SEASON: Brings great energy to team and gives tremendous effort and emotion... One of the premier shooters in the WAC... Needs to improve on the defensive end of the court... Changing his number from 12 to 23 this year.
2010 SEASON (JR.): Was named to the WAC's all-newcomer team in his first year at Utah State as he led the league in three-point shooting at 50.0 percent (53-106)... Finished the year averaging 7.6 points and 1.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 84.0 percent at the free throw line... Played an average of 17.6 minutes per game as he appeared in 34 contests during the season, starting the first three of the year... In WAC games, he averaged 8.8 points and shot 56.3 percent from the field (45-80), 63.3 percent from three-point range (31-49) and 91.7 percent at the free throw line (11-12)... Overall, he scored in double-figures eight times during the season, including a season-high 18 points against Boise State in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range... He also tied his season-high with four rebounds against the Broncos... Made a season-high five three-pointers on seven attempts at Fresno State (1/21) as he finished the game with 17 points... Finished the year by scoring at least eight points in 12 of the final 17 games of the year... Voted the Most Inspirational Player by his teammates, along with Tai Wesley.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Averaged 14.1 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds as a sophomore at Salt Lake Community College during the 2007-08 season as he helped lead the Bruins to a 32-4 record and an appearance in the championship game of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament... Finished the season shooting 48.1 percent from the field (186-387), 47.2 percent from three-point range (93-197) and 89.8 percent from the free throw line (44-49), while scoring in double-figures 25 times... Had seven 20-point games during the year including a career-high 31 points against Northeastern JC as he was 10-of-15 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line... Earned first-team all-region honors and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Region 18 Tournament... Was also named to the NJCAA all-tournament team and received the Bud Obee Award which is given to the best small guard in the national tournament... Earned second-team all-region honors as a freshman at SLCC as he averaged 13.9 points and 2.8 assists, and shot 51.5 percent from the field (169-328), 41.2 percent from three-point range (75-182) and 80.4 percent from the free throw line (45-56)... Scored in double-figures 29 times during the season and had five 20-point games.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Davis High School and averaged approximately 17 points during his senior season as he led the Darts to a region championship and the semifinals of the state tournament... As a prep senior, he was named a first-team all-state selection by both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News and was also named the Most Valuable Player of his conference.
DID YOU KNOW? Brain Green grew up playing the piano.