The winningest hockey coach in Clarkson University history set a coaching record this past week with 300 professional hockey wins to go along with his 300 college wins.
Mark Morris, a Massena native, got his 300th pro win Wednesday as coach of the Manchester, New Hampshire Monarchs of the American Hockey League, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
Morris is reportedly the first coach in history to collect 300 professional wins, all with the Monarchs, and more than 300 college wins with Clarkson University.
“I haven’t bounced around too much and been real fond of the situations I’ve been in. I just think I’m fortunate to have been in two great spots where I’ve been able to put my mark on things,” said Morris in a post-win interview posted on the Monarch’s web site (www.manchestermonarchs.com).
“If you look at coaching records, my college coaching career was cut short so there wasn’t an opportunity to go back to the college game,” said Morris.
“I often wonder where it would have gone from there but you have to turn the page and move forward.”
Morris coached the Clarkson University Golden Knights to 10 consecutive 20-plus win seasons during his 14-year reign. He finished his college coaching career with 306 career wins and an overall record of 306-156-42.
Hired by Clarkson in 1988, he coached Clarkson to eight ECAC titles in his 14 seasons as head coach. Morris received the ECAC Coach of the Year Award in 1991 and 2001.
Morris was fired from Clarkson in 2002 after a complaint by a player that Morris was inappropriate in his reaction to chippiness during a practice that allegedly escalated.
Morris took a conditioning coach position with the Vancouver Canucks in February 2003 under former Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford.
Morris also served as the Men’s Varsity Hockey Assistant Coach for the St. Lawrence University Saints from 1985-88.
Morris has helped advance many NHL careers and turned Monarchs players into Stanley Cup Champions with the Kings.