Bill Morosco, former assistant men's basketball coach at Barry University in Miami, Florida, has been named new head coach for the Independence Community College Pirate men's team.
Tammie Romstad, ICC Athletic Director and Vice President of Student Affairs, noted Morosco brings diverse experience in coaching and team management.
Morosco said he is looking forward to the new coaching challenge and to integrating into the community.
"It's an honor and a great privilege to have the opportunity to come to Independence and carry on the great basketball tradition the Pirates have had," Morosco said. "I am eternally grateful to Athletic Director Tammie Romstad, President Daniel Barwick and all of the board members for their support of me as the right person to lead this storied program.”
"It became very clear during my time on campus that Independence is a very special place with great people who are committed to seeing their men's basketball program be successful. My wife, Samantha, and I could not be more excited to make Independence our home and to hit the ground running and building towards an exciting future for Pirate men's basketball."
At Barry University, Morosco served as the staff’s only full time assistant where he led the program in recruiting, player development, scouting and game planning. Morosco tutelage proved invaluable as the Buccaneers reached as high as #12 in the National Division II rankings, finished 4th in the Sunshine State Conference and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Morosco was also greatly influential in the development of Daniel Mortensen and Tylan Birts who were awarded 2nd-Team All SSC Conference and SSC All-Newcomer team, respectively.
Morosco helped lead the Buccaneers to an 18-11 record this year, building an identity around hard-nosed defense. The Bucs held opponents to an impressive 40 percent shooting in 2018-19. The Bucs ranked first in the Sunshine State Conference in that category and 15th nationally. Barry also held opponents to 32 percent shooting behind-the-arc, topping the conference ranks and finishing 23rd in the in the country.
For his efforts, Morosco has become high respected from his peers and was ranked the #2 Division II Assistant Coach in the Southeast. The ranking panel described Morosco as: “He has already worked DI DII and JUCO. At the JUCO level, He helped lead EFSC to their best winning percentage in program history, a national third place ranking, and the NJCAA Final Four. They led the nation in rebounding margin, second in fg% defense. ‘They’ being the numerous players he developed to all-conference status.”
Prior to Barry University, Morosco coached at Eastern Florida State College in Brevard County. He helped lead the Titans to a 30-5 season, the best winning percentage in program history. EFSC finished third in the nation after reaching the NJCAA Final Four. The Titans led the nation in rebounding margin and were second in field goal percentage defense. They put six players on the all-conference team, including four on the first team. Ahmed Ali was named the conference player of the year.
He worked the 2016-17 season at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Under his tutelage, Jo'Vante Millner was named to the Big South All-Freshman team. He handled the opponent scouting and game planning and led recruiting efforts throughout the south region.
Morosco, who spent the 2015 season as Director of Basketball Operations at The Citadel, oversaw the administrative areas of the Bulldogs' basketball program including video and practice coordination, team travel, supervision of team managers and graduate assistants along with other responsibilities.
The Wellington, Fla., native spent the 2014-15 season as a graduate assistant at UC Davis under Jim Les. UCD led the country in 3-point field goal percentage (44.7%) and win differential from the previous season (+16). UC Davis captured the Big West Conference championship and garnered conference awards for Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. His duties with the Aggie basketball program included team travel, video operations, setup and breakdown of practice, recruitment mailings, database management and various game day duties assigned by the coaching staff.
Prior to UC Davis, Morosco served as a camp staffer at the Florida, Central Florida and VCU. He also spent the 2013-14 season traveling the country and observing the practice habits of LSU, Texas A&M, Wichita State, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, Arkansas Fort Smith, VMI, UCF and VCU.
Morosco graduated Cum Laude from Florida in 2012 with a degree in political science.