Stan Morrison

Athletic Advisory Board Chair

 

Text Box:  Nationally known for his work as a head basketball coach and as an athletics administrator, Stan Morrison led the Highlanders in the transition to Division I. Morrison joined UCR in August 1999, an appointment that then Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach described as "one of the most significant in UCR's distinguished athletic history." As director, he oversaw all aspects of the Athletics program and guided UCR through the transition into Division I, including the selection of the conference of choice and the expansion of sports programs.

Prior to UCR, he served as vice president for The Dudeck Group, an executive effectiveness-coaching program for high achieving individuals. He has achieved national recognition as a basketball coach and athletics administrator at four Division I universities -- San Jose State, the University of Southern California, the University of Pacific, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also has worked as a sports broadcaster. .

In the spring of 2006, Morrison was appointed to the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee. The committee is responsible for the oversight and administration of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including selecting the 68 teams that participate.  The Basketball Committee was intimately involved in securing a 14 year, 10.8 billion dollar contract with CBS and Turner Broadcasting.  His five-year appointment to the 10-member committee began on September 1, 2006 and ended in June, 2011.

Morrison first gained national attention as a center for the University of California, Berkeley, as the Bears won the NCAA title in 1959 and were runners-up in 1960. After earning a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1961, Morrison was a European All-Star and helped the Real Madrid team to the European Cup finals. He returned to Cal in '62 as a graduate assistant and played AAU basketball for the San Francisco Olympic Club, earning All-American honors.

Morrison's first collegiate head coaching position was at the University of the Pacific (1972-79), where he led the Tigers to the Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1979. He moved to the University of Southern California for seven seasons (1979-86) and led the Trojans to the NCAA Tournament in 1982, then repeated the feat in 1985 after USC won a share of the Pacific-10 championship.

In 1986 Morrison was appointed Director of Athletics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB (1986-89), he was administrator over the Gauchos 21-sport athletics program, helped raise significant funds annually for UCSB Athletics and served on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Committee. In 1989, he returned to the coaching ranks at San Jose State University, guiding the Spartans for nine years (1989-98).   His stay in San Jose was highlighted by a Big West Co-Championship in 1994, and Big West Tournament Championship, NCAA bid, and first round match-up with Rick Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats in 1996. He is one of a handful of coaches to take three different schools to the NCAA Basketball tournament, and the only coach in NCAA history to do it with three schools from the same state.

Upon leaving San Jose State, Morrison served as a personal coach and consultant to Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal. He works as a color analyst for Pac-12, Big West and West Coast Conference basketball for FOX Sports, Comcast Television and BAY TV.

Morrison has served the last 20+ years as Chairman of the Board for High Five America, a San Diego- based organization, which uses basketball as a vehicle to combat gang violence, drug, and alcohol abuse issues. He currently serves as president of the board of trustees for Olive Crest, group homes for abused teenagers. Morrison serves on the executive board of the Inland Empire Boy Scouts of America, on the board of directors of the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, on the board of directors of ARC Riverside County, and as a participant for ³The Unforgettables² which provides dignified burials for children from poverty stricken homes. Morrison was event chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ³Light the Night² event on the UCR campus.  He serves on the American Diabetes Association “Father of the Year Gala” Committee for the Inland Empire. 

After retiring from UC Riverside on August 15, 2011, exactly 12 years to the day after joining the Highlanders, Morrison was invited to join Security Bank of California as Senior Vice President for Business Growth.  He accepted that position in late October of 2011 and serves on the Riverside Downtown Partnership for the bank.

In his free time, Morrison enjoys working on his home and spending time with his grandchildren. He and his wife, Jessica, have two grown children and four grandchildren, and reside in Riverside.