Lincoln’s Tiny Morton finally officially a Seton Hall Pirate
This has literally been a rumor for a year now, but Seton Hall finally made it official on Tuesday when head coach Kevin Williard announced his coaching staff for the 2014-15 season that included former Lincoln basketball coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton as one of the Pirates’ assistant coaches.
“Dwayne, Kyle (Smyth) and Kevin (Lynch) balance our staff well as they bring a good blend of experience and knowledge to the program,” Willard said in a statement. “Dwayne was highly successful as a head coach at Lincoln where he worked with some of the top players to come out of New York City over the last two decades.”
Tiny Morton has been Lincoln’s head coach for the last 19 years and was an assistant coach for a year before that. He won the Public School Athletic League championship 10 times as a coach, assistant, and player. As a coach, he won it in 2002-04, 2006-09 and 2013 and he won the New York State Federation title in 2003, 2008 and 2009.
Before his coaching days, Morton played for Lincoln as its point guard under Bobby Hartstein from 1985-1988 and won a PSAL title with the team in 1986. He also played for LIU Brooklyn for two years from 1991-1993.
Tiny Morton is also well known for coaching Stephon Marbury (as an assistant), Sebastian Telfair, Lance Stephenson and Isaiah Whitehead. It was his relationship with Whitehead that finally got him over the hump and landed him a Division-I coaching gig that he has coveted over the past several years.
“After many years of coaching at the high school level it is a dream come true to take this next step in my career,” said Morton. “It is an honor to join Coach Willard’s staff and work alongside experienced coaches who I have built strong relationships with over the years. Seton Hall University is a very special place with great basketball tradition. I am thrilled to have this opportunity.”
There are a lot of great programs in New York City and some of those have lasted (Cardozo and Jefferson) and others have come and gone, but Tiny built Lincoln’s program up to be the biggest and brightest in the city. His legacy of being able to consistently produce All-Americans and NBA-level talent in a time where New York City has struggled to produce top talent is truly remarkable. Lincoln’s success under Morton is so well known that the TV show 30 Rock even made a reference to its success.
With the addition of Morton, and especially Lincoln stars Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez along with Angel Delgado and Bishop Loughlin’s Khadeen Carrington, the Pirates are expected to be a sleeper in the NCAA tournament this year. They may only have one shot at it though as many expect Whitehead to enter the next NBA Draft.