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Illini have won six of their last seven heading into Tuesday night tilt in Iowa City
Mark Morris is entering his third season as director of basketball operations after being hired in May 2012 to head coach John Groce's first staff at Illinois. Morris previously served on Groce's staff at Ohio University for two seasons as a graduate assistant.
Morris performed a variety of administrative functions for the basketball team at Ohio including team travel, budget management, fundraising, ticket allocation, alumni relations, video exchange and supervision of student managers. He was part of a successful Bobcats program that in 2012 won a school-record 29 games, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and earned a final national ranking of 25th in the coaches' poll.
Prior to graduate school at Ohio, Morris spent four years as a student assistant at Murray State University from 2006-10 under then-head coach Billy Kennedy. In addition to assisting the Murray State coaching staff on a daily basis in practices and games, he also handled equipment, helped with video exchange and coordinated managerial duties. During Morris' senior year in 2010, the Racers won a school-record 31 games, claimed Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Morris earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Murray State in 2010 and a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio in 2012. He and his wife, Erin, reside in Urbana.
THE MORRIS FILEBorn: Sept. 26, 1987
Hometown: Oneida, N.Y.
Education: Murray State University, B.S., marketing, 2010
Ohio University, M.S., sports administration, 2012
Morris Professional Experience
updated following the 2013-14 season