ISU Release Announcing Hire

AMES, Iowa-- Wayne Morgan, the 2000 NABC District 15 Coach of the Year, former head coach at Long Beach State and long-time assistant at Syracuse, has been named Iowa State University's 17th men's basketball coach, ISU athletics director Bruce Van De Velde announced Wednesday. Morgan, who owns over 30 years of coaching experience, spent last season as an assistant at Iowa State, joining the ISU basketball staff in July of 2002.

"Wayne is a person of outstanding integrity and will represent the University in a first-class manner at all times," Van De Velde said. "He is a player's coach and will bring to the program a sense of unity and teamwork. Wayne has enjoyed success as both an assistant and head coach at the highest levels. Wayne is the right person at the right time to lead Iowa State University's men's basketball program."

As a member of the 2002-03 Cyclone staff, Morgan helped ISU to its 13th postseason appearance in the last 19 seasons with an NIT berth. ISU finished 17-14, tying for the 12th-best win total in school history. A top-notch recruiter, he was instrumental in helping the Cyclones sign a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2003. The 52-year-old Morgan has been involved in 12 NCAA Tournaments, seven regular-season conference titles, three NIT appearances and tutored numerous players who have gone on to NBA careers.

"Wayne Morgan has been a part of the Iowa State family for the past year and has shown the talent, energy, skill and character needed to lead our men's basketball program," Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy said. "He and the team have our full support as they prepare for next season and a resurgence of 'Hilton Magic'."

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Morgan spent six years as head coach at Long Beach State, where he compiled a 91-84 overall mark and a 55-39 record in the Big West Conference. Morgan coached three teams that finished first or second in the Big West Western Division. His 1999-2000 squad was 24-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big West en route to winning the conference championship.

The 1999-2000 team was one of the best in LBSU history, qualifying for the National Invitation Tournament. It compiled the third-longest winning streak in school history (15 games), tied for the third-most wins in 49er history (24) and led the Big West in scoring at 81.2 ppg. Morgan was named 2000 NABC District 15 Coach of the Year for his efforts. Morgan and the 49ers were 18-13 overall and finished third with a 10-6 mark in the Big West in 2000-01. Morgan coached all-Big West first team performers Travis Reed and Ramel Lloyd. Lloyd led the conference in scoring (19.4 ppg) and Reed led the Big West in rebounding (8.7 rpg).

Morgan, who is third on the LBSU all-time career win list (91), tutored five players who earned first-team all-Big West honors six times, including 2000 Big West Player of the Year Mate Milisa. Four of five members of Morgan's first recruiting class graduated in 2000 and all four seniors in the class of 2001 earned their degrees.

Prior to his stint at Long Beach State, Morgan gained respect as one of the best assistant coaches in the nation at Syracuse from 1984-96. The Orangemen compiled a record of 316-108 in Morgan's 12 years as an assistant to Jim Boeheim. Syracuse competed in two NCAA national championship games (1987, 1996), earned 11 NCAA Tournament invitations, advanced to the Elite Eight three times and to the Sweet Sixteen five times. The Orangemen also claimed five Big East regular-season titles and three Big East Tournament crowns.

Morgan's work as a recruiter helped Syracuse land some of the nation's best prospects. Morgan was credited with bringing Sherman Douglas, Conrad McRae, Adrian Autry, Lawrence Moten, John Wallace and Otis Hill to SU.

Before Syracuse, Morgan coached as an assistant for five years under Robert Staak at Xavier (1979-84) after four seasons (1975-79) under Gary Walters at Dartmouth College. While at Xavier, the Musketeers earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1983. Morgan got his first head coaching job at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1974-75. He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, St. Lawrence, in 1972-73.

Morgan also had a solid playing career, competing two years at Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, helping the team to 54 wins. He transferred to St. Lawrence, competing on the basketball team and staying on as an assistant coach in 1972-73, earning his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1973. He went to Ithaca (N.Y.) College in 1973-74 to assist with the basketball team and pursue graduate work, earning his master's degree in physical education in 1974.

Morgan was born Oct. 7, 1950, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He and his wife, Maribeth, have three children: Jerusha (20), Shayne (6) and Ciara (4).

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