Sep 4, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force women's basketball head coach Andrea Williams has announced the final piece of the Falcons' coaching staff, with the addition of Lori Morris as an assistant coach. Morris comes to the Academy from Cal State Fullerton, where she spent the last season as an assistant coach for the Titans.
"I'm happy to have a veteran on our staff who understands recruiting," said Williams. "We're very excited that she's on board with us."
Prior to her stint at Cal State Fullerton, Morris spent four seasons on the women's basketball staff at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, including three as the Associate Head Coach, overseeing team defense and academic progress as well as assisting with the program's recruiting efforts.
Morris also spent one season as the head coach at Southwestern Junior College, as well as 20 years as the head varsity basketball coach at Montgomery High School in San Diego (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. She 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.
"I think this is a great opportunity for me," said Morris. "I just want to do the best job I can and help us move forward. The cadets are really impressive kids. The thing that kind of shines through with them is how proud they are of being Air Force cadets. It's really nice to be around people who are so proud of what they do. They're very close and they're very supportive of each other--those are great ingredients for the making of a good team."