Moseley leaving N.C. Central to become head coach

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 01:11 AM

John Moseley has been named the head men’s basketball coach at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

Moseley had been an assistant coach at N.C. Central since 2010 and the associate head coach since 2011. The Warrenton native was introduced as Lincoln’s head coach Monday. Moseley had assistant coaching stints at Delaware, Winston-Salem State and East Carolina prior to joining NCCU’s staff. The 1996 Warren County High School graduate led his alma mater to a state championship appearance in 2005, one of two seasons spent at the helm of the Eagles’ varsity boys program.

Moseley’s wife, Crystal, is also a native of Warren County.

“It’s always hard to leave a place that you’ve built so many relationships and it was close enough to home that we could get there for family functions and such,” Moseley wrote in an email to The Dispatch. “This is a little different being in Jefferson City, Missouri. But planes fly every day and we’ll have to plan things out a little better to get home.”

“Regardless of where we live,” Moseley added, “our roots will always be in Warren County.”

NCCU senior point guard Emanuel “Poobie” Chapman said Moseley was “like another head coach” for the Eagles.

Moseley, 37, is now charged with the task of rebuilding a program that has plenty of rebuilding to be done; the Blue Tigers haven’t posted double-digit wins since the 2001-02 season, also the program’s last winning campaign.

Lincoln, a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, forfeited the entire 2002-03 season due to NCAA infractions.

“They are committed to providing our program with the things necessary to be successful in one of the toughest Division II conferences in the country,” Moseley wrote of Lincoln’s administration. “I look forward to applying many of the lessons that I’ve learned during my career as an assistant now that I make the jump to being a head coach.”

The MIAA’s Central Missouri recently claimed the Division II national title.

Lincoln has four MIAA regular season titles, the last of which came in 1980-1981. The former Heartland Conference member (1999-2010) has 12 NCAA tourney appearances.

Lincoln is a historically black, public institution with an enrollment of 3,205.

Moseley said upon visiting Jefferson City, he and Crystal quickly felt they would be comfortable raising their young daughter, Jillian, in the Missouri state capital.

“I was fortunate to grow up in a loving and growing family where my parents encouraged us to chase our dreams,” said Moseley. “I’ve received an enormous amount of support along the way from my parents as well as my brother and my sister.”

LeVelle Moton, NCCU’s head coach, was also among those Moseley thanked at Monday’s introduction.

Moseley helped Moton and N.C. Central make the transition to full Division I membership in 2011. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference-champion Eagles made their first Division I tourney appearance last month, falling to Iowa State in the second round.

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.