It was reported prior to the July live recruiting periods that former Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) head coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton was officially on Seton Hall's coaching staff and out recruiting. (Update: According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Morton wasn't out recruiting.)
That was two months ago.
Today, Seton Hall finally sent out a release that Morton is a member of the Seton Hall coaching staff. He is joined by former walk-on Kevin Lynch and former Iona graduate transfer Kyle Smyth, who will both serve as coordinators of basketball operations.
"Dwayne, Kyle and Kevin balance our staff well as they bring a good blend of experience and knowledge to the program," Kevin Willard said in the release. "Dwayne was highly successful as a head coach at Lincoln where he worked with some of the top players to come out of New York City over the last two decades. Kyle and Kevin have relentless work ethics, high basketball IQs and a familiarity with our system so we are excited for them to continue with the program in this new capacity."
"After many years of coaching at the high school level it is a dream come true to take this next step in my career," said Dwayne Morton. "It is an honor to join Coach Willard’s staff and work alongside experienced coaches who I have built strong relationships with over the years. Seton Hall University is a very special place with great basketball tradition. I am thrilled to have this opportunity."
Quotes from Kevin Lynch and Kyle Smyth:
Smyth: "It is an honor to join the Seton Hall coaching staff. I am excited for this next chapter of my basketball career and look forward to working hard to contribute to the program’s growth. I am really humbled for this opportunity to work with Coach Willard and the rest of the staff who I have tremendous respect for."
Lynch: "I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity to join Coach Willard’s staff," said Lynch. "Seton Hall is a very special place so it is an honor to begin my career with this program."
The announcement of these three hirings aligns with today being the first day of a two-month long live recruiting period. It also comes around 12 hours after SOJ tweeted that Morton's email is in the Seton Hall email directory.