Winningest Coach In Monarchs History Returns To Manchester
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have extended the contract of Head Coach Mark Morris, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Morris has been the bench boss of the Monarchs squad for the last seven seasons and coached the team to 290 regular season wins, 205 losses, 24 overtime losses and 33 shootout losses. Morris has coached the most wins in franchise history with 313 regular season and playoff victories. He also holds the record for coaching the most Monarchs games as he embarks on his eighth season in October. After winning the first playoff round in franchise history during the 2006-07 season, Morris has guided the team to the Calder Cup’s Eastern Conference Final twice, 2007 and 2010. Morris has also assisted in advancing many NHL careers and turning Monarchs players into Stanley Cup Champions with the Kings.
Morris was integral in developing the skills of Jonathan Bernier, Kyle Clifford, Davis Drewiske, Dwight King, Trevor Lewis, Andre Loktionov, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jordan Nolan, Scott Parse, Jonathan Quick, Brad Richardson, Slava Voynov, and Kevin Westgarth. Over half of the Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Champion team was coached by Morris at one point in their career.
“I’m looking forward to coaching again this upcoming season in Manchester,” said Morris. “It has been enjoyable working for the Monarchs for the past seven seasons. It’s a great environment. The people connected to the team make it that way; specifically the hockey staff, the players, the Monarchs office staff, the people who operate the Verizon Wireless Arena, the sponsors, and the hockey community who follow and support us. We will continue to push for excellence, win games, and compete our tails off every night in our efforts to provide top-notch entertainment and ready our players for the next level. In addition, the many friendships I have developed in the community make Manchester a second home for me. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity.”
“We are very pleased with the job Mark has done with our prospects in Manchester over the last seven seasons,” Lombardi said. “Mark has enriched the talent of our club by understanding the delicate balance between winning in Manchester and developing players to win a Stanley Cup. He is a passionate teacher and an emotional leader who has taught the prospects to be winners and consummate professionals.”
Morris, 55, coached the Clarkson University Golden Knights to 10 consecutive 20-plus win seasons during his 14-year reign. Hired by Clarkson in 1988, Morris compiled an overall record of 306-156-42 in 504 regular season games and a playoff record of 39-19-1. His teams appeared in 14 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournaments, five ECAC League championships, three ECAC tournament championships, nine NCAA tournament appearances, one Frozen Four appearance, three Quarterfinal appearances, and five First Round appearances. He is the winningest coach in the history of Clarkson University and the team won eight ECAC titles in his 14 seasons as head coach. Morris received the ECAC Coach of the Year Award in 1991 and 2001. His team won the Humanitarian Award in 1999.
Following his time at Clarkson University, Morris served as the Special Assistant Coach/Interim Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Vancouver Canucks from February 2003 to April 2003 under former Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford. Morris moved on to be the Interim Assistant Coach for the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club of the Ontario Hockey League from November 2003 to March 2004.
From 2004-06, Morris was the Director of Boy’s Hockey, the Boy’s Junior Hockey Coach and an Administrator (Admissions and Advancement) for Northwood School. In 2004-05, Northwood finished the season with a record of 32-11-4. The team set a new school record for most wins in a season with a record of 40-8-0 under Morris’ supervision during the 2005-06 season. Northwood was named the St. Andrew’s College Tournament Champions and the Culver Academy Midwest Prep School Tournament Champions in 2006.
Morris is a 1977 graduate of Northwood School and a 1981 graduate of Colgate University. After graduation, Morris signed with the Kings where he played three years of professional hockey with the Central Hockey League’s Dallas Black Hawks (1981-82) and the AHL’s New Haven Nighthawks (1982-84). He began his coaching ranks with Union College as the Men’s Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach and Junior Varsity Coach for the 1984-85 season. The team was the ECAC West Division II Champions and a Semi-Finalist in the NCAA Division III Championship. Preceding his 14-year reign at Clarkson University, Morris served as the Men’s Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach for St. Lawrence University for three seasons, 1985-88.
Morris and his wife Cecily reside in Massena, New York, and are the proud parents of four children, Michael, Emily, Leah and Kevin.