A STIR IN THE EAGLES' NEST
N.C. Central’s basketball team has lost top assistant coach John Moseley, who has been named head coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
John Moseley had been an assistant coach at NCCU since 2010 and became associate head coach in the summer of 2011, around the time the basketball program was making solid progress under head coach LeVelle Moton.
There has been no announcement from NCCU’s athletics department about Moseley's departure, but Dan Carr, Lincoln’s assistant athletics director for media relations, confirmed the move.
At NCCU, Moseley was highly regarded for his ability break down video of opposing teams and give the Eagles a good look at what they’d be up against.
Moton was hired in 2009. NCCU went 7-22 and 15-15 during his first two seasons, respectively.
NCCU was 17-15 during the 2011-12 season and 22-9 during the 2012-13 season.
This past season, NCCU went 28-6 and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, earning an automatic bracket spot by winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
That MEAC Tournament title was NCCU’s first Division I team championship. NCCU also won the regular-season title in the MEAC.
NCCU lasted one round in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa State beat the Eagles 93-75.
After that, media reports began circulating about Marshall and Florida Atlantic universities being interested in hiring Moton.
The FAU job has since gone to former NBA player and NBA assistant coach Michael Curry.
A Marshall spokesman said the school would have no comment about its next coach until the position is filled.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is a Marshall alumnus and is rumored to be on the school’s short list. If that’s the case, a decision one way or the other likely would come after the NBA's regular season ends Wednesday.
NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree in March expressed her desire to retain Moton. At the time, she said there was no reason for her to believe that Moton would not be NCCU’s coach going forward.
Wicker-McCree is not a member of NCCU’s Board of Trustees but was at a recent meeting when a contract revision was approved. She said she was not at liberty to say whether or not it was Moton’s contract that had been discussed.
Last April and May, Moton and NCCU officials agreed to a three-year contract extension that would pay the coach a base salary of $158,200 until April 1, 2018.
This past Friday on Twitter, Moton posted: “I am an Ordinary coach that had the pleasure of coaching some EXTRAORDINARY student/athletes.”
Moseley, an East Carolina alum from Warrenton, has been an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State.
Before the 2012-13 season, Moseley was listed as the top assistant coach in the MEAC by RecruitDirt.com.
Lincoln is a Division II school in the Mid-America Athletic Conference. The Blue Tigers last season were 3-24.