2020 Green Team/4th Grade
Coaching Experience. Coach Brien takes the unorthodox approach in that he trains all his players to play every position. It's his philosophy that regardless of a player's height, speed or athleticism the best way to prepare them as future high school varsity basketball players is to expose them to every aspects of the game, within a game setting.
Coach Brien Morgan
Matrix 2020 Green
His goal is singular--to cross-train point guards to produce rebounders, cross-train centers to produce ball handlers and cross-train everyone else in between. Not knowing what life will afford these young players, Brien believes that he can best serve their needs by preparing them for endless possibilities.
Coaching Experience: This is Coach Morgan's second year with the Matrix, having coached the 2020 Black developmental team as 2nd-3rd graders in Spring 2011. Coach Morgan has an extensive history of coaching the McLean Select program. Last season was Brien's 11th year as a coach, 6th year with the McLean Select Basketball ("MSB") program and 2nd year as an MSB head coach. Brien started his coaching career as a volunteer non-parent coach, mentored by the long-time MSB coaching legend, Gerry Megas. Brien assisted Coach Gerry in taking the same group of Division 1 and Division 2 Select players from 4th grade to 8th grade and is proud to have contributed, in a very small way, to Coach Gerry's incredible record of placing well over a dozen of these players onto the McLean, Langley and Marshall High School varsity teams.
For a second Summer and Fall season, Brien was the head coach of McLean's Boys White Team that competed in the Fairfax Stars Summer League; last season he coached MSB’s 10U (D2) team to the quarterfinals.
As a MSB head coach, Brien holds a regular season record of 20-6. For the 2010-2011 season, Coach Morgan led his team to a 11-3 regulars season record to finish 3rd in the Boys' 11-Under Division 2 North division. During this same season, Brien is also coached a McLean Developmental League girl’s team: This was his 3rd year with this same group of players.
General background: Coach Brien grew up in Riverside, RI and attended East Providence High School where he played Division I East basketball, high-jumped in track and ran cross country.
Brien started his basketball career playing inner-city pick up games sponsored by the East Providence Boys Club. He honed his street-ball skills by attending numerous basketball camps, including Coach Dave Gavitt's Providence College Basketball Camp where he won several awards, including Most-Improved Player and MVP. As both a rising high school junior and rising senior, Brien was invited to participate in the evening scrimmages with the camp coaches and guest speakers--The likes of Ernie 'D' Digregorio, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordon and other elements of Coach Gavitt's 1st Olympic Dream Team.
Brien was recruited to play Division 1 college basketball by the University of Miami, Army, Syracuse, Villanova and the Catholic University of America ("CUA"). Brien was initially scouted by CUA's Head Coach Jack Kvancz and later signed, at the age of 17, with Coach Jack Bruen, concluding an era as CUA's last basketball player to receive a scholarship.
Brien's basketball career ended abruptly in 1983 after sustaining a severe knee injury in practice. However as an electric engineering student, CUA's President, Father William Byron, seeing the potential for a future Dean's List candidate, transferred Brien's athletic scholarship to a Cardinal Gibbons Academic Scholarship Award. Brien later earned a Master of International Business Administration from Babson College.
Last Updated: January 19, 2012.