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Lakehead Timberwolves’ head coach Scott Morrison talks to his players during a timeout in a recent Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Morell native Scott Morrison has taken a leave of absence from the Lakehead men’s basketball program.
The head coach has accepted a role with the Boston Celtics affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
“This opportunity would not be possible were it not for the unwavering support of my athletic director and president," Morrison said.
"I am also blessed with an experienced coaching staff, with which our players will be in good hands while I am away. We have been through many on-court battles together, share a common vision for the program, and together have competed at the top level in the CIS.
"A big thanks also goes out to Coach Taylor and everyone involved with the Red Claws and Celtics organization for making this possible. I look forward to making every effort to contribute to their success during my stay with the team.”
Based in Portland, Me., the Red Claws are part of the NBA Development League.
“Scott will be heavily involved in the day-to-day activities of our coaching staff and his professional experience with our organization will be full ranging from assisting with our 2013 D-League Draft preparations and preseason tryouts to opponent scouting and on-floor drillwork,” said Maine head coach Mike Taylor. “His main responsibility will be in scouting and advance scouting, but we will take advantage of his experience and versatility by getting him deeply involved.”
“It’s an incredible professional development opportunity,” said Lakehead athletic director Tom Warden. “Scott deserves this chance. When he returns our program will be all the more competitive.”