June 22, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - There is a new addition to the Cal State Northridge men's basketball coaching staff.
Jay Morris, who had served the past two seasons as Director of Basketball Operations at Long Beach State, has been named as assistant coach at Cal State Northridge, according to Matador head coach Bobby Braswell.
"Jay Morris is a young man with a great heart and a great work ethic," said Braswell. "Jay is a graduate of Westchester High School so he knows the Los Angeles area. He has been a part of the local scene for many years. We are excited to welcome Jay to the Matador basketball coaching family."
While at Long Beach State, Morris' responsibilities included all day-to-day operations of the program, including team travel, film exchange and directing all basketball camps and clinics. Morris also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball program.
Previous to Long Beach State, Morris served as an assistant coach and strength coach at Westchester High School in 2007-08. The Comets advanced to the semifinals of the Los Angeles City Championships and went to the second round of the state tournament.
In recent years, Morris has been a personal trainer and founder of DREAM, which trains both athletes and individuals. Morris has worked with athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.
Morris was a standout basketball and football star at Westchester High School. In 1998, Morris gained all-league and all-city honors as a quarterback. He played one year of basketball at Citrus College before transferring to Cal Lutheran. Morris played two years of football as a cornerback and punt returner. He played one year (2004) for the Bakersfield Blitz of the Arena Football League.
Morris gained his degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2010.
"I'm very excited to be here at Cal State Northridge," said Morris. "It's a life-long goal of mine to help young student-athletes and I'm accomplishing that goal by being here. The coaching staff at Cal State Northridge, led by head coach Bobby Braswell, is knowledgeable and experienced so this will be a great learning experience. The players and coaches have a great work ethic and I know we are headed to great places."