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March 20, 2014

Legendary swim coach Wally Morton retires after 40 years

 

By Aaron Cutteridge and Brendan Samsa

Head coach of the Swimming and Diving team for both men and women, Wally Morton, finished off his historic collegiate coaching career that spanned over three decades this season.

Forty years after joining the organization as assistant coach and Aquatic Director and 33 years after being handed the head coaching responsibilities, coach Morton will bid farewell to Cleveland State.

With over 385 wins combined for the men and women’s swim teams, Morton retires as the winningest coach in Cleveland States 50 year history.

The diversity and accomplishments of Morton’s teams include athletes from more than 20 different countries, athletes who were finalists in Olympic Trials and one athlete on the Bosnian Olympic swim team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Morton graduated from Miami of Ohio University in 1970 and was working at a YMCA in Cincinnati when his former swim coach, Raymond Ray, helped connect Cleveland State swim coach Robert Busbey with Morton.

While Morton is retiring from actively coaching the swim team, he will continue to coach and assist Cleveland State, in whatever capacity the administration assigns him, to help the program be as successful as possible.

Morton was very humbled and shocked to be named Coach of the Year for the men’s program. “It was wonderful to receive the award,” Morton said. “Truly a great way to end my career.”

Morton felt the Cleveland State’s men’s team could have probably won a second conference championship this year had it not been for Oakland’s entry into the Horizon League.

His philosophy of “I’m going to do everything I can, today, to be the best I can,” is something Morton will carry on in his future endeavors with Cleveland State.

As recent as March 18, Morton received offers to carry on in an active coaching capacity as the Master’s Swim coach, which is a program working with competitive swimmers over the age of 21.

“I want to help Cleveland State University be as successful as possible,” Morton said.
Over his storied career Morton has emulated everything Cleveland State hopes to portray as a university. Looking forward to his new path and new opportunities with Cleveland State, “I really want to thank everyone for the opportunity to be at Cleveland State and do what I love most.” Morton said. “I always had great support from the administration and it was a privilege to have that opportunity.”