|Previous College:||Springfield College '04|
|Position:||Assistant Coach (3rd season)|
Marlon Morton, who was an assistant coach at highly successful
Westchester High School for the past decade and a popular figure in
Los Angeles youth basketball for even longer, is now in his third
season on the Cal State Fullerton coaching staff.
Morton, 46, was instrumental in Westchester winning five city
championships, three state championships and one mythical national
title in recent years. He also has been active in numerous camps
and summer development leagues and has seen more than 50 of his
former players move on to Div. I programs including Titans Bobby
Brown, Scott Cutley and Jarrel Lake.
"I was excited to come and coach at Cal State Fullerton," said
Morton, who got his bachelor's degree in 2004 in human services
from Springfield College of Massachusetts, which has an Inglewood
campus. "I've got ties with some players and I'm looking forward to
bringing more good student-athletes here. I want to keep the Los
Angeles-area kids playing locally."
Morton's impact has been quick and significant. Already, two
former L.A. stars have returned "home" in 4-year transfers Cutley
(Westchester HS and Kent State) and Ray Reed (Inglewood HS and
Georgetown), who had to sit out last season.
Morton worked for American Airlines at Los Angeles International
Airport for 16 years in ramp service. He began at Westchester in
1995 as the head freshman, sophomore and junior varsity coach and
moved up to work with the varsity in 1999. He was featured along
with Hassan Adams, of Westchester High and University of Arizona
fame, in a 6-part documentary on ESPN called "L.A. Hoops." Among
his basketball acquaintances are Byron Scott, James Worthy, Magic
Johnson and Quentin Richardson. He also has worked for the Michael
Jordan Camp in Santa Barbara.
A graduate of Washington High School in Los Angeles and Los
Angeles Southwest College, Morton once tried out for the Harlem
Globetrotters. For many years in youth leagues, he coached former
Titan guard Rodney Anderson, a Washington High product who was shot
and paralyzed in a random street shooting six years ago. Morton
lives in Los Angeles.