Wellington High School alum Bill Morosco, one of the best young coaches in the business, was recently announced as the next men’s basketball coach at Garden City Community College in Kansas.
“The school, the community and the people really impressed me,” Morosco said. “During my last two years in the Jayhawk, I have always been impressed with the Garden City campus and the community it draws from.”
Morosco, 31, has navigated the Jayhawk Conference with precision. In just two years at Independence, he guided the Pirates to a 36-19 record, was 23-16 in conference play and posted a 12-4 mark versus west opponents. It was all part of a major overhaul at Independence, one that saw Morosco send eight players to the Division I level, including five all-conference performers, two all-region selections and one NJCAA All-American.
“Everything I heard about coach Morosco was positive,” Athletic Director Jeff Tatum said. “Then, when we interviewed him, it was clear who we wanted leading this program going forward. He’s a tireless worker.”
Morosco’s most impressive feat came during the 2020-21 campaign when the Pirates knocked off No. 2 and eventual national champion Coffeyville, 70-67.
“Our program will be team-oriented,” Morosco said. “We usually have four or five different guys scoring in double figures. We prefer a collection of individuals.”
Before arriving at Independence, Morosco spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Barry University in Florida, where he was ranked as the second-best assistant in the southeast. Prior to that, Morosco had stops at Presbyterian College and Eastern Florida State, after spending one year as the director of basketball operations at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. That season, the Bulldogs finished as the second-best offensive team in the nation.
“I believe this program has a chance to be one of the best teams in the conference,” Morosco said. “And if you’re one of the best teams in the Jayhawk, that means you’re one of the best teams in the nation. This conference proved that this year with Coffeyville and Cowley.”
The Wellington native began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UC Davis in 2014. He graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2012 with a degree in political science.
Morosco becomes the Broncbusters third head coach in four years. He moves to Garden City with his wife, Samantha.