Coaching in Morrison's blood

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Scott Morrison named coach of year, father George was bench boss for Hurricanes squad named top team

Scott Morrison now has his name on the same award and his father.

The Morell native received the coach of the year award at the recent Sport P.E.I. awards banquet.

“I am very proud to be recognized by my home province as Sport P.E.I. coach of the year, not because of the title of the award, but because of where it is coming from,” he wrote in his acceptance speech.

Morrison’s father, George, who was named the coach of the year in 1985, read Scott’s speech.

It is the first time in the award’s 38-year history that a father and son have both won the award.

“That might be what is most special,” wrote Scott, who was unable to attend the ceremony as he is with the Maine Red Claws, a farm team of the Boston Celtics.

Morrison is on leave from Lakehead University, where he led the men’s team to the silver medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) basketball championship in 2013.

He was an assistant with the national men’s junior team that finished sixth at the world championship in Prague, Czech Republic. It tied the best finish ever for Canada at the event. He will be part of the under-18 Canadian team that competes at the worlds in June in Colorado Springs.

“Regardless of what team logo was on my chest, my P.E.I. pride was always on my sleeve,” Scott wrote.

He thanked his parents George and Anne for their support and the sacrifices they have made for him during his career.

“Without them I would have no awards and none of these wonderful opportunities,” Scott wrote.

George said he was pleased, honoured and proud of his son’s accomplishments.

He said Scott was a point guard during his playing days and got into coaching as a young man with provincial teams. He got a break by coaching the Dalhousie Tigers and then onto Lakehead in Thunder Bay, Ont.

George was also recognized at the banquet as part of the team of the year, the Holland College Hurricanes men’s basketball team. In his final year at the helm, George led the Hurricanes to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) final, losing by seven points to Vancouver.

George was joined by assistant coach Josh Whitty and some of the team’s players in accepting the award.

“It’s pleasing and certainly a good way to go out,” said George, who received the administrator of the year award in 2000 for his work with Baseball P.E.I.

The Summerside Western Capitals and the Hurricanes women’s soccer team were the other finalists for the team of the year honour.

George, who was at Holland College before it was accepted into the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) for the 2006-07 season, said it was special to see two of three finalists from the college.

“Holland College has made huge strides in the athletic area and a lot of thanks for that has to go to (athletic director) Albert Roche,” George said.

He added many of the college’s programs are shorter than the institutions they compete against, making it more remarkable the teams are not just playing, but excelling, in the region.

“There’s a lot to be proud of for the school,” he said.

The basketball squad became the second Holland College team to win the award as the men’s soccer team captured the distinction in 2011.

“We’re very proud of all of our teams,” Roche said. “It’s gratifying to see two of our teams being acknowledged on this provincial stage. We thank Sport P.E.I. for recognizing our athletes and coaches who represent our varsity program so well.”

 

Here is a look at the past few coach and teams of the year.

2012 – Bruce Donaldson (women’s hockey), UPEI women’s hockey.

2011 – Howard Watts/John Chiasson (boxing), Holland College men’s soccer.

2010 – John Diamond (soccer), Kathy O’Rourke rink/Churchill Arms men’s soccer.

2009 – Lewis Page (soccer), Brett Gallant rink.

2008 – Jim Rand (gymnastics), Avondale Islanders (soccer).

 

Organizations: Holland College, Maine Red Claws, Boston Celtics.Morrison Lakehead University Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association Dalhousie Tigers Baseball P.E.I.The Summerside Western Capitals

Geographic location: Prague, Czech Republic, Canada Colorado Springs Thunder Bay

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