Smith Completes Coaching Staff with Morris
SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah head men's basketball coach Craig Smith rounds out his coaching staff with the addition of Tim Morris to his bench, joining DeMarlo Slocum and Eric Peterson. Morris is set to join the Utes beginning on May 1.
"We are thrilled Tim will be joining our Runnin' Utes program," said Smith. "Tim is the complete package. He is an excellent teacher, coach and a great recruiting with relationships all over the country – including the west coast. He has tremendous energy and character that will make an immediate impact on our basketball program."
Morris spent the last two seasons at Cincinnati under John Brannen. In his first season with the Bearcats, the team went 20-10 with a 13-5 conference record and earned the top-seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament before COVID-19 shut everything down. UC then made it to the AAC Tournament title game this past season before falling to eventual Final Four participant, Houston.
In April 2020, Morris was named to the Silver Waves Media 50 Impactful High Major Assistant Coaches List. The recognition honors a select group of current high major assistant coaches in Division I men's basketball who have made an impact on the game according to the site's research and consultation with athletics directors, presidents, search firms and numerous influencers in the sport.
Morris was at Northern Kentucky (2017-19) for three seasons alongside Brannen before joining his staff at Cincinnati as well. He helped guide the Norse to three-consecutive postseason appearances, two NCAA Tournament (2017, 2019) berths and an NIT (2018) appearance, with an overall record of 72-30. NKU also won a pair of Horizon League regular-season championships (2018-19) and a pair of conference tournament titles (2017, 2019) in that stretch.
Prior to his time at NKU, Morris served as the director of player development at Nevada in 2015-16 under head coach Eric Musselman. The Wolf Pack won the College Basketball Invitational that season and finished 24-14 overall.
Morris also worked as a graduate assistant at Alabama for three seasons in two different stints while getting his start as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State (2011-12) between the two stints.
A 2008 graduate of Stanford, Morris played three seasons for head coaches Mike Montgomery and Trent Johnson where he earned a degree in English literature. He went on to play his senior season at Washington for Lorenzo Romar. Morris began his professional career after college with FC Bayern Munich in 2008-09 before an injury forced him to retire.