Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill to retire after 17 years

Posted at 10:48 AM, Jan 09, 2015

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University men's basketball coach Stew Morrill is retiring at the end of this season.

Morrill announced this will be his final year Friday.

The university said he will retire in March after the Aggies' most successful era in Utah State basketball history.

Morrill has coached the Aggies since 1998.

“I have coached for 40 years, 29 as a head coach and 17 of those years have been at Utah State,” Morrill said. “I know it’s the right time to make this decision. I am looking forward to some new freedoms and bugging my wife Vicki on a daily basis."

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes will immediately begin the search for USU’s next head basketball coach, according to USU.

“Stew Morrill is synonymous with Utah State Basketball and will go down in Aggie history as the greatest coach to ever walk up and down the sidelines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum,” Barnes said. “Stew has given 100 percent in making USU basketball and so many student-athletes into the best they could be and we're very appreciative of his 17 years of service and dedication to Utah State University."

USU officials said, in 29 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Morrill has established himself as one of the most respected coaches in the country and was named one of the top 50 coaches in college basketball in July of 2014 according to ESPN.

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