NCCU's LeVelle Moton on coaching rumor carousel
Unconfirmed reports circulated Friday that N.C. Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton is on the coaching radar of Marshall and Florida Atlantic universities.
“The athletic department will not comment on the coaching search until a new coach is officially announced,” Florida Atlantic basketball spokesman Justin Johnson said Friday.
Marshall basketball spokesman Andrew Piper said no information about the school’s coaching search would be released during the selection process.
Interest in Moton would make sense.
On March 21, Moton coached NCCU during its first Division I NCAA Tournament game, a second-round loss to Iowa State at AT&T Center in San Antonio.
NCCU didn’t start playing Division I basketball until the 2007-08 season, becoming eligible for the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
The Eagles were 28-6 this past season, winning both the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Moton, 39, signed a five-year contract with NCCU in 2009 that was to pay him $100,000 annually. Since then, Moton and NCCU agreed to at least one 12-month contract extension.
On Thursday, NCCU’s Board of Trustees discussed a contract revision during a closed session on campus in the Hoey Administration Building. Afterward, the board unanimously approved the revision but did not specify whose contract had been discussed.
NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree is not on the board but was at the meeting. She said she is not allowed to disclose details about the contract revision because it’s a personnel matter.
Wicker-McCree said Moton still is NCCU’s basketball coach, adding that she was not aware of anything that would change that.
While it might appear that the contract revision had to do with Moton, NCCU also is looking to hire a volleyball coach.
“I have nothing to report regarding Coach Moton’s contract,” NCCU spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez said.
Moton was the coach of the year in the MEAC and is up for a couple of national coaching awards.
NCCU has been riding a wave of momentum that came with its success this season. Moton said he expected that to bode well for recruiting.
But if Moton leaves NCCU, all of that momentum could go with him.