NCCU assistant named head coach at Division II Lincoln

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

It's as if John Moseley rubbed off a LeVelle Moton screen and took a shot.

Moseley, who this past season as an associate head coach helped N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton get the Eagles into the Division I NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, has been named head coach at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

Lincoln plays in the Mid-America Athletic Conference and was 3-24 last season.

“I’m intrigued by the opportunity to coach in the MIAA, one of the premiere Division II athletic conferences,” Moseley said Monday during a press conference at Lincoln. “I’ve had a chance to talk to some of the current (Lincoln) players, and they’re ready to play. I expect our team to be tough, competitive and relentless. We are the Blue Tigers, and we will be a blue-collar team.”

That's what NCCU was this past season – a blue-collar squad with a closed-ranks style and solidarity that was apparent to opposing coaches in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

NCCU’s recent success still has both fans and sports insiders alike waiting to see if there’s anything to reports about Moton establishing position to become the next coach at Marshall.

But Moseley has made a nice pivot move, parlaying the success he helped shape at NCCU into his first collegiate head-coaching job. He said he told the players on NCCU’s basketball team as much before heading to Missouri for the press conference.

“This is nothing more than my chance as an Eagle to spread my wings and fly a little,” Moseley said.

Moseley said there are no issues between him and Moton regarding the departure.

“He gave me his blessing,” Moseley said.

Moseley has spent the past four seasons with the Eagles, who won more and more games each year, going 15-1 in the MEAC in each of the last two seasons.

This past season, NCCU won both the regular-season championship in the MEAC and the MEAC Tournament. That tournament title earned NCCU an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, where the Eagles lost to Iowa State in Round 2.

Moseley said Lincoln President Kevin Rome approached him about replacing John Redmond. Rome used to be a vice chancellor at NCCU.

“We’re committed to building a winning program, like we used to have,” Rome said. “We’re excited to bring someone here who we think can do that for basketball. We believe John is the coach who can take us to the next level.”

Lincoln has taken a high-percentage shot by hiring Moseley, Moton said.

“John Moseley is a great young coach with a tremendous work ethic,” Moton said. “I wish him nothing but the best as he moves into a much-deserved leadership role. Lincoln is not only getting a great coach but a tremendous leader and person, as well.”

Mosely, 37, is from Warrenton and went to East Carolina. He said his plan to join ECU’s basketball team as a walk-on didn’t work out, so he became the squad’s manager, whetting his appetite for coaching.

“It took off from there,” said Moseley, who has been an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State University and the head coach at Warren County High School, his alma mater, when the team played for the state title in 2005.

Moseley has a bachelor’s degree in science, exercise and sport science, plus a master’s degree in education and athletics administration. He said his wife, Crystal, and daughter, Jillian, will join him in Missouri in a couple of months.