Sept. 16, 2014
BOSTON - Boston University men's basketball head coach Joe Jones announced Tuesday afternoon the promotion of Shaun Morris to associate head coach.
"Shaun has proven to be a valuable member of our staff by making a significant impact in many areas of our program," said Jones. "This promotion is well deserved, as Shaun has played an integral role in our guard development, offensive philosophy and in-game tactics."
Morris has served as an assistant coach on Jones' staff for the past three seasons and has helped guide the program to a 57-40 record. The 2013-14 season proved to be a memorable one for the Terriers, as they captured their first conference regular season title since 2004 and finished with 24 wins, second most in program history. BU also clinched its second consecutive postseason appearance and hosted Big Ten member Illinois on ESPN2 at Agganis Arena to open the National Invitation Tournament.
With Morris' assistance, BU averaged 71.2 ppg and finished the year shooting 45.2 percent from the field, the team's highest mark since 1992-93. The Terriers shot a school-record 66.1% vs. Lafayette for the largest margin of victory in PL quarterfinal history (91-54). In each of Morris' three seasons, BU featured the league's assist leader and has had at least two guards earn All-Conference accolades.
On the defensive end, BU went 17-3 when holding opponents below 70 points and led a conference in turnover margin for the first time since 2005 at +1.91. Season highlights included holding fellow Patriot League member Navy to its lowest offensive output (32) since 1943 and earning an 83-77 road win at ACC member Maryland.
A 2005 graduate from Lycoming College (Williamsport, Pa.), Morris spent two seasons working under former Creighton and West Virginia assistant coach Mike Maker at fellow Division III member Williams College. The Ephs reached the NCAA Final Four both years and finished as national runner-up in 2010.
Prior to joining Maker's staff, Morris spent four seasons at Towson, first joining the staff as a volunteer assistant in 2005. He then moved to director of basketball operations for the 2006-07 season and later earned a promotion to assistant before the start of the 2008-09 season.
As a collegiate player, Morris helped lead Lycoming to a 53-27 record that included a MAC Freedom Conference championship and a trip to the 2004 NCAA tournament.
Graduating with a degree in marketing, he finished as the Warriors' all-time career assist leader with 355.