August 20, 1998
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami Head Women’s Basketball CoachFerne Labati announces the hiring of Geneva Morgan as Assistant Coachfor the Women’s Basketball team.
Morgan’s primary responsibility with the team will be as the Hurricanes’Recruiting Coordinator, as well as floor coaching, scouting, gamepreparations and other administrative tasks.
“Geneva brings a high-level of quality experience to this staff,” saidLabati. “She is a well-rounded individual, who has coaching experienceat the high school and college levels. Geneva has strong tiesto theSouth Florida community having coached at both levels in this areafornearly 10 years. She certainly rounds out the UM staff to makeit oneof the finest in the country.”
“I’m ecstatic about this opportunity,” said Morgan. “I’m excitedaboutthis Hurricane team and playing in the BIG EAST Conference.”
Morgan comes to Miami after serving as head coach for the girl’sbasketball team at Southridge Senior High School for the 1997-98 season.Her team finished with a 22-6 overall record and the District 16Championship. The Spartans defeated Coral Park in the regionalchampionships and lost to American Senior High School in the state’ssectional tournament.
Prior to Southridge, Morgan spent five seasons as an assistant coachonthe Florida International women’s basketball staff (1990-95).At FIU,Morgan’s main tasks were recruitment of high school student-athletesandthe development of the perimeter players. She also served asDirectorof the FIU Girl’s Summer Basketball Camp and holiday tournaments.
Morgan first went into coaching after her playing career at SanFrancisco State (CA) University, where she was a forward for the Gators(1976-79) . Her first stint was as head coach for four seasons(1980-84) with the girl’s squad at Abraham Lincoln High School in SanFrancisco. She was then hired as an assistant coach at San FranciscoState for the following six seasons (1984-90). During the sixseasonswith her alma mater, the Gators won the conference championship fourtimes and produced two Division II All-Americans.
Morgan hails from San Francisco and moved to southern Florida in 1990.Following her years with FIU, Morgan served as Director of the NationalYouths Sports Program, a five-week NCAA-funded sports camp fordisadvantaged youths. She is also a member of the Black Coaches’Association and Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association.
Morgan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SFSU in PhysicalEducation and Human Movement in 1981 and went on to receive her Masterof Arts in Ethnic Studies and Sports Sociology in 1989. Morganwas thefirst person in the United States to receive a Master’s Degree in thatfield.