Perth Wildcats head coach Scott Morrison resigns after one season in the NBL.

Perth Wildcats head coach Scott Morrison has resigned as the turmoil surrounding the NBL’s most successful club continues.

Morrison resigned due to “family reasons” which, according to the Wildcats, would require him to return to North America.

The Canadian leaves the club after just one season in charge, during which Perth missed the NBL playoffs for the first time in 35 years.

Morrison’s departure comes just days after the club sacked longtime chief executive Troy Georgiu, under what new owner Sports Entertainment Network called a desire for “more integration and organization alignment” within the business.


That means the Wildcats will have three head coaches in the space of just 12 months, with Morrison’s tenure preceded by Trevor Gleeson’s departure to pursue a career in the NBA.

Perth has won five of the last nine NBL championships and a record 10 titles overall, the most recent being the 2020 season.

Bryce Cotton holds his shirt over his mouth and looks up in disappointment.
Bryce Cotton and the Wildcats missed the playoffs last season and now need a new coach.(Getty Images: Paul Kane)

‘Tough decision’: Morrison

“While I have loved coaching this team, recent developments have led us, as a family, to feel that it is in our children’s best interests to be closer to home, where there is a broader, family-friendly support system,” Morrison said in a statement.

“My family and staff 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 benefit our children the most.”

Scott Morrison and the Wildcats team
Under Morrison, the Wildcats failed to make the NBL playoffs for the first time in 35 years.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Prior to Morrison’s departure, the club strongly endorsed him to continue in the role even after missing the playoffs.

The Wildcats said they were disappointed to lose Morrison, but understood that “family comes first”.

“The club will now undertake an extensive search process to name a new manager,” the Wildcats said in a statement.

More to come.

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