Panthers Add Morris To Women's Basketball Staff
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (July 26, 2010) - Heather Morris has been hired by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball team as an assistant coach, head coach Sandy Botham announced today.
Morris joins the Panther coaching staff after one season at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She replaces Sheila Roux, who resigned her position in May to accept a similar post at Illinois State.
"I'm very excited about Heather joining our staff. She was a great point guard at Arkansas-Little Rock during the beginning of Joe Foley's tenure, so she was there to help build the foundation," Botham said. "She has had coaching stints at different levels--high school, junior college, Division II--before going to Lamar. Larry Tidwell hired her there and they went to their first NCAA Tournament. She has had great success wherever she's been. I'm also very excited to bring in a point guard coach. She is someone who has been in the trenches and can really teach our backcourt how to be successful."
Morris was the recruiting coordinator for the Cardinals for the 2009-10, helping guide the team to a 26-8 record on the court and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She was also instrumental in the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2010-11 season.
Prior to her season at Lamar, Morris was an assistant for one year at Western New Mexico and a year at Tyler Junior College. She has found success each stop, helping WNMU to double its win total from the year before in 2008-09 and Tyler to 22 wins in 2007-08.
Morris got her coaching start at North Little Rock High School in Arkansas after completing her playing career at Arkansas-Little Rock. She left UALR as the program's career leader in assists (235), assists per game (4.4) and as the single-season leader in assists (139). Her final season, she led the Sun Belt Conference in assists in setting the school mark. Her freshman year, she averaged over 37 minutes per game and scored 13.5 points per game. She played in 54 career games over two seasons, sitting out her true sophomore season with an injury.
Morris graduated from UALR in 2006 after just three years with her bachelor's degree in health science with an emphasis in exercise science. She then began working on her master's in education at Lamar.
A native of Carthage, Ark., she played her prep career at Poyen High School, earning all-state honors all four years and being named state 2A MVP as a senior. That year, she guided her team to a state title after a runner-up finish her junior season. In addition to her exploits on the court, she was also successful in the classroom, maintaining a perfect 4.00 grade point average at PHS and was her class valedictorian.