Marco Morcos begins his second season as an assistant coach and fourth as a member of the Rice basketball staff.
After two years in an administrative role, Morcos was named an assistant coach prior to the 2010-11 season. With the announcement, the former high school coach returned to a familiar setting of working with student-athletes on the court and has now taken on a more extended role in recruiting.
The Owls posted a 14-18 record last year during Morcos' first season as an assistant coach. Last year's win total was the most by a Rice team since the 2006-07 season and the Owls doubled their total conference wins from the previous three combined seasons. Along the way, Rice beat LSU and TCU in back-to-back games, swept cross-town rival Houston for the first time since 1993 and posted its first series win over a Memphis team which would advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to making the move to collegiate basketball, Morcos was a successful high school and AAU coach.
He was the head coach at LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, N.J., for three years (2004-07). LEAP compiled a 102-20 record during Morcos' three seasons. Beyond wins and losses, Morcos' teams had a 100 percent graduation rate from the college preparatory school and maintained better than a 3.0 team grade point average.
In just his second year, Morcos' team was 27-6 and earned the No. 1 seed to the NJSIAA South Jersey playoffs. LeAP would capture the South Jersey Sectional as well as win the Central Jersey Championship. The team went on to finish as runners-up at the New Jersey state championship in 2006. Morcos' successful second year marked the fastest a coach had led a team to a state championship in New Jersey Scholastic history (two years).
Morcos' 2007 team posted a 25-7 record and was ranked No. 7 in South Jersey in the final regional rankings by the Courier-Post.
Additionally, Morcos was the head coach at Rise Academy where he led the team to a 31-8 record.
Morcos previously ran a nationally-competitive AAU program and was responsible for developing over 100 Division I and Division II players during his coaching career. He also coached at the Rise Basketball Northeast Regional All-Star Game.
His coaching experience also includes working as a counselor at the prestigious Reebok All-American Camp (RAAC).
Morcos saw action in 33 games during a two-year playing career for Rutgers-Camden.
A native of Egypt, Morcos has a son, Jeremiah (9).