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Aquinas College stays in-house for new basketball coach

The Grand Rapids Press, Mich. — Peter J. Wallner The Grand Rapids Press, Mich.

June 12-- Jun. 12--Brian Morris, who has been an assistant coach of the Aquinas College women's basketball team since 2016-17, was named Tuesday the new coach of the program.

He succeeds Linda Nash, who announced her retirement last week after 23 seasons with the Saints. She was the winningest coach in program history with 378 wins.

Morris is a first-time head coach. He was Aquinas' interim head coach over the final 21 games of the 2018-19 season, guiding the Saints to a 17-4 record over that span and a runner-up finish in both the WHAC regular season standings and the WHAC Tournament. Aquinas also advanced to the NAIA National Tournament and finished with a 25-9 record.

"Throughout the hiring process, Brian did a tremendous job of outlining his vision for the program and how he plans to lead Aquinas in the coming years," said athletic director Nick Davidson. "He has a terrific defensive basketball mindset and we're excited to see him grow as he takes over as head coach."

During Morris' three years on the Saints bench, Aquinas put together a 60-35 overall record, including a 40-22 mark in the WHAC. Aquinas received a dozen conference awards over the past three seasons, including four All-WHAC First Team selections and three more players named to the Second Team.

Morris said of his selection:

"This has been an exciting journey, but this journey would not be possible if I didn't have the support from some key people. I would like to first thank Nick Davidson and Claudette Charney for the opportunity that they have given me to lead the Saints here at Aquinas. I want to thank the hiring committee for believing in me and putting faith in my plan and goals, and last but certainly not least, I would like to thank coach Linda Nash. She gave me an opportunity of a lifetime that doesn't come easy for most. She showed a tremendous amount of trust in me and allowed me to be the coach I believed I was meant to be."

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