Success and Character: William Speedy Morris

William Morris is the name of a Philadelphia man, but if you add the nickname Speedy the name turns into a Philadelphia legacy.

Coach Morris has seen many different types of players from high school to college, both men and women’s teams. His career began at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. Next, it was onto Roman Catholic High School.

Speedy’s high school basketball success led him right to the floor of the Tom Gola Arena. He called La Salle University home for more than 15 years. Through that time he became the first person to coach both men and women teams, led some Explorers to the NBA, and set a record, 238, number of wins at La Salle.

After his college career was over, Speedy settled back at the high school level. Now he coaches St. Joseph’s Preparatory School. This North Philadelphia basketball team will be the team that gives Morris his 1,000th win.

The numbers, the statistics never outweighed or overshadowed Morris’s character. The Sports Fan Base Network’s high school sports show, Varsity Voice, will show you how a coach with scores of accomplishments had the pull to go from school to school and team to team.

Tune in Thursday February 9th, to TCN at 6:00 pm or 11:00 pm and CSN at 11:30 pm to see glimpses into Speedy’s life. Listen to past players, current coach rivals, family members and more talk about the man that has gained almost 1,000 wins by not only being a great coach, but also a role model with an undeniable charm.

(Photo Credit: Jack Kapp)

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