Loyola assistant takes over at Washington Coll.
Washington College athletic director Bryan Matthews has announced the hiring of Alisha Mosley as the school's head women's basketball coach. Mosley, who has served as recruiting coordinator at Loyola (Md.) since 2005, has been an assistant coach at the Division I level since 2001. She also played at the Division I level at Wake Forest.
Mosley replaces Megan Duran, who resigned in March after five seasons as head coach. The Shorewomen were 59-66 under Duran.
"We are pleased to announce that Alisha Mosley is our new head women's basketball coach," notes Matthews. "Alisha was a great player, has been an excellent assistant coach, and has already impressed us as a genuinely good person. Her liberal arts background at Wake Forest and Loyola University will enable her to articulate the Washington College academic experience and her extensive coaching and recruiting experience will make the move to head coaching a seamless one. We welcome Alisha to our coaching team."
"I would like to thank Dr. Bryan Matthews and the Washington College family for selecting me as their women's basketball head coach," states Mosley. "I am excited about the opportunity to coach a team of players who are highly motivated with a strong desire to win. Their goal is my goal - to aspire to be one of the best teams in the Centennial Conference."
As assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Loyola, Mosley managed the Greyhounds' recruiting efforts and budget, advised and monitored her team's academic progress, organized and managed various camps, coordinated community service activities, created in-depth scouting reports, and assisted with on-the-floor coaching. Mosley also got her start in collegiate coaching at Loyola as she first served as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds from 2001-2004. In between her two tenures at Loyola, she served one season as an assistant coach at Georgetown.
With Mosley on the sidelines, Loyola won its first-ever postseason game in 2011, recording a victory over Old Dominion in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Greyhounds also finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference that season and equalled the single-season school record by winning 21 games. She coached five All-MAAC players and two MAAC All-Rookie Team members, as well as the 2011 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and the 2003 MAAC Rookie of the Year during her time at Loyola.
During her collegiate playing days, Mosley was a standout performer at Wake Forest. As a senior, she was named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention and her team's Most Valuable Player. As a freshman, she earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors and landed on the ACC's Rookie Team. When she graduated from Wake Forest, she ranked third all-time at the school in made three-pointers, eighth in free-throw percentage, and 10th in assists. She went on to play one year for the Atlanta Blackhawks, a semi-professional team in the since defunct National Women's Basketball League.
Mosley was inducted into the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. As a high school player at Mt. Hebron High School, she was a two-time Howard County Player of the Year and a two-time member of The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro team. She led the state of Maryland in scoring as a senior, pouring in 28.4 points per game and earning All-Maryland honors from USA Today.
Mosley earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Wake Forest in 2000 and a masters in education, administration and supervision from Loyola in 2005. She was a Dean's List student at Wake Forest for four years in a row and was recognized with a Robin Roberts/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Communication Scholarship. She completed internships at Channel 5 Television in Nashville and at Fox Sports Net in Atlanta. She has been a member of the WBCA since 2001 and a member of the Black Coaches Association since 2007.
Mosley will become the fifth head coach of the Washington College women's basketball team since its inaugural varsity season of 1993-94.
"I'm looking forward to becoming a Shorewoman and a member of the Chestertown Community," adds Mosley, who will officially begin her duties as head coach on June 1.
Bethel men's coach let go
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Bethel athletic director Bob Bjorklund recently announced that Jeff Westlund will not be returning as the head coach of the Royals men's basketball program.
Westlund's Royals went 15-11 this past season, led by D3hoops.com All-America selection Taylor Hall. He won his 100th career game and his 100th game at Bethel this past season. Westlund, a 1983 alumnus of Bethel, was 103-80 in seven years at Bethel and is 108-119 overall.
Bethel was eliminated in the first round of the MIAC tournament, falling 48-43 at Carleton.
A thorough search process for the next head men's basketball coach will begin immediately.
Baines returns to CCIW
|Paul Baines was an assistant at Elmhurst during the Bluejays' best season.|
John Baines, the head men's basketball coach at St. Francis, has reached a verbal agreement to become the head men's basketball coach at Elmhurst.
Baines will become the 15th men's basketball head coach in Elmhurst history. He takes over for Mark Scherer, who announced his retirement from coaching after 17 seasons of leading the Bluejays. Baines spent 10 seasons as Scherer's right-hand man in Elmhurst before becoming the head coach of St. Francis in 2010.
"I'm pleased to be able to welcome John Baines back to Elmhurst College," said Elmhurst athletic director Paul Krohn. "John has a proven track record of success both on the court and in recruiting and I'm excited to have back as part of our coaching staff."
Last season, Baines guided the Saints to a 21-12 record and a fourth-place finish in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. In his three seasons at St. Francis, Baines compiled a 57-38 overall record while coaching six all-conference performers, a conference Freshman of the Year award winner and a pair of NAIA All-Americans.
"I enjoyed my three years at St. Francis and am grateful that they gave me an opportunity to become a head coach. Having said that, I'm very much looking forward to returning to Elmhurst," said Baines. "Elmhurst is a great school with great leadership and plays in one of the marquis conferences in all of Division III. I was a part of some of the best years in men's basketball history and I feel that we can get the program back to the top again."
Baines began his collegiate coaching career at Elmhurst in 2000-01. In his first year with the Bluejays, he helped the squad to a school-best 22-5 record and its first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship. The team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and was ranked as high as sixth in the nation.
In Baines' tenure at Elmhurst the Bluejays compiled a 160-99 record (.618 winning percentage), recorded five conference runner-up finishes, qualified for the CCIW tournament four times, won over 20 games in three seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice. The Bluejays were ranked in the D3hoops.com top 10 for three consecutive years from 2007-09. He also served as the men's tennis coach (2000-04) and head women's golf coach (2003-06) while at Elmhurst.
Baines began his coaching career at Bloomington High School in 1998 before joining Scherer's coaching staff at Elmhurst.
"Mark Scherer brought me to Elmhurst when I was just 23 years old," said Baines. "I was privileged to coach alongside him for 10 years and am honored to succeed him here at the college. I want to thank him for all he did for me and the college."
Baines was no stranger to the CCIW before joining the Elmhurst coaching staff. He played college basketball at Illinois Wesleyan. He was a part of teams that compiled a 103-14 record, played in the NCAA Tournament four times, reached the Final Four twice and won a national championship in 1997.
Baines earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Illinois Wesleyan in 1998. He received a master's degree in sports administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003.
Baines currently resides in Chicago. He and his fiancée, Emily, are planning a September wedding.
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