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Morrison resigns as Wildcats coach



Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison has departed the club after just one season, with the club announcing his resignation for family reasons on Thursday.


'The Wildcats and Morrison have been working closely together over the last month to try and support the Morrison family. However, after grappling with this decision, he has concluded he and his family require the support of their extended family in North America.' the club said in a statement.


“For 35+ years, basketball has driven every facet of my life but as a new parent of two wonderful children I now must put their well-being at the forefront of all decisions," Morrison said.


"While I loved coaching this team, recent developments lead us as a family to feel that it is in the best interest of our children to be closer to home where a broader and more familiar support system exists.


“My family and the team have taken great strides to exhaust all options to allow us to comfortably return to Perth, but my wife Susanne and I have made the difficult decision that we feel will most benefit our children.


"I would like to thank Craig Hutchison, Richard Simkiss and the entire SEN group for their extreme support, understanding and efforts on our behalf. I would also like to thank Troy Georgiu and Danny Mills for providing me the opportunity to lead this incredible club, and also thank you to the Red Army for your passion and support of the team."


The news comes just two days after CEO Troy Georgiu was sacked, following on from the club missing the finals for the first time in 35 seasons.


Morrison recorded a 16-12 win loss record as coach, dropping their final match in overtime to South East Melbourne to end one of the longest playoff streaks in sporting history.


The club will now commence the search for a replacement coach.


IMAGE: The West Australian.