July 29, 2005
Marlon Morton, 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, has become the third assistant men's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton.
Morton, 44, has been 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 current Titan point guard Bobby Brown and incoming CSF recruits Jerard Moret and Jerrel Lake.
"I'm excited to come and coach at Cal State Fullerton," said Morton, who got his bachelor's degree in December 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."
"We're really excited to have Marlon join us," said Head Coach Bob Burton.
Morton has worked for American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport for the past 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, now of Arizona, 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 five years ago.
Morton joins holdovers Andy Newman and Jason Levy on Burton's staff. He replaces Tim Kelly, who came to Cal State Fullerton to serve as a volunteer director of basketball operations but ended up filling the third assistant's position for the 2004-05 season.