Wayne Morgan is entering his third season as an assistant coach on the Hofstra Men's Basketball staff in 2011-12.
Morgan came to Hofstra last year with over 20 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, including 12 years as an assistant coach at Syracuse, six years as a head coach at Long Beach State and three years as a head coach at Iowa State.
Morgan took over the head coaching position at Long Beach State beginning in the 1996-97 season. During his six-year tenure with the 49ers, Morgan compiled 91 wins and earned a 55-39 record in the Big West conference. Three of his teams earned a first or second place finish in the Western Division, while his 1999-2000 team finished 24-6 overall, 15-1 in the Big West and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. He was named the NABC District 15 Coach of the Year in 2000.
In 2002, Morgan was hired as an assistant coach at Iowa State and took over the head coaching position in 2003. In his three seasons at the helm, he guided the Cyclones to a pair of postseason berths, including an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005. That season, he guided his squad to five wins over nationally ranked teams, a championship of the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii, and a seven-game winning streak in the Big 12 Conference. In his first year with the Cyclones, he led his team to a 17-1 home record, the second-most home wins in school history.
Morgan served as Jim Boeheim’s assistant at Syracuse from 1984-96, helping the Orangemen to two appearances in the national championship game (1987, 1996). Syracuse earned 11 NCAA Tournament bids during his tenure, advancing to the Elite Eight three times and to the Sweet Sixteen five times. The Orangemen won five Big East regular season titles and three Big East Tournament crowns with Morgan on the staff, while the program’s overall record over those 12 seasons was 316-108.
A 1973 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a degree in physical education, Morgan played for Richard Cassara, the father of current Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara, as a member of the Saints. Morgan also earned a master’s degree in physical education, with a minor in psychology of sports, at Ithaca College.