Shortly after it was announced that Utah State would hold a press conference regarding its men’s basketball program Friday afternoon, it was reported by multiple media outlets that head coach Stew Morrill will announce his retirement effective at the end of the season.
“I have coached for 40 years, 29 as a head coach and 17 of those years have been at Utah State,” Morrill said in a release. “I know it’s the right time to make this decision. I am looking forward to some new freedoms and bugging my wife Vicki on a daily basis.
“Many thanks to University President Stan Albrecht, Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes, all of my assistants through the years, all the young men who have played for me as their coach, and of course the wonderful boosters and fans who have supported our program.”
Morrill’s been the head coach at Utah State for the last 17 seasons, and his time in Logan has been a highly successful one. Morrill’s won 393 games at Utah State, leading the Aggies to conference titles in both the Big West and WAC before the program moved to the Mountain West in 2013.
At one point during his tenure at Utah State, Morrill’s Aggies made 13 consecutive postseason tournament appearances (eight of which were in the NCAA tournament). There was also a 13-year run of at least one Utah State player earning first-team all-conference honors, with both streaks coming to an end in 2013.
At the Division I level Morrill has also led the programs at Montana and Colorado State, posting an overall record of 611-287 (.680 win percentage) with nine NCAA tournament appearances in his head coach career. Utah State is currently 9-6 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West play, and the Aggies host New Mexico Saturday night.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, the school will conduct a national search for Morrill’s replacement.