May 17, 2012
FULLERTON, CA - Lori Morris, who has spent the last four seasons on the women's basketball staff at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has been hired as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, Head Coach Marcia Foster announced Thursday.
"I am excited that Lori has chosen to become a member of the Titan family," Foster said. "She brings with her a myriad of experiences that will greatly benefit and enhance our program. Her game expertise combined with the personal characteristics she possesses makes her a great addition."
Morris recently completed her fourth season with the Ragin' Cajuns - the last three as the Associate Head Coach - overseeing team defense and academic progress as well as assisting with the program's recruiting efforts.
Prior to joining the Louisiana staff, Morris spent one season as the head coach at Southwestern Junior College and 20 years as the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Montgomery High School in San Diego from 1987-2007. She helped lead the Aztecs to a share of the South Bay League title and a CIF San Diego Section Division II Runner-Up finish in 2007, earning CIF Coach of the Year honors and a berth in the California state playoffs.
Morris also helped Montgomery High School to Mesa League championships in 2002 and 2005 and a quartet of Metro League titles, including three-straight league championships from 1995-97. She was named the San Diego Union-Tribune's Coach of the Year in 1997, helping the Aztecs to a CIF Division II Runner-Up finish and a trip to the state tournament, and was the CIF's Female Coach of the Year in 1998.
Morris played collegiately at the University of San Diego from 1980-84, leading the Toreros in assists all four seasons and ranking second all-time in school history in that category with 469. Entering the 2011-12 season, she continued to rank among USD's all-time top 10 in field goal attempts (4th), assists (2nd), assists per game (3rd), and assist-to-turnover ratio (9th).
Her 162 assists as a sophomore continue to rank third in a single season while her 129 assists as a senior are fifth best. She twice posted 13 assists in a game in 1981, ranking tied for second on the single-game list, while she also holds down two spots on the school's single-game steals list.
Morris received her bachelor's degree in language arts from San Diego in 1984 and earned her master's degree in education with an emphasis in administration from Azusa Pacific University in 1990.