Itâ€™s homecoming day for Marisa Moseley.
After spending nine years on Geno Auriemmaâ€™s staff with the UConn womenâ€™s basketball team, Moseley was introduced this morning as head coach at her alma mater Boston University.
â€śThis is a great day for BU womenâ€™s basketball,â€ť Auriemma said in a statement. â€śBU is getting an amazing person who has the ability to transform the womenâ€™s program and create excitement that the players, the University, and the fans can rally around. Marisa possesses the same qualities that every successful coach has: passion, energy, compassion, discipline, and the ability to communicate effectively to her players.
â€śWe are going to miss Marisa. She has made a lasting impact on our program and in the hearts of our coaches and players.â€ť
Moseley replaces Katy Steding, who compiled a 31-88 record in four years, including this past seasonâ€™s 10-19 mark (5-13 Patriot League).
The Springfield native came to UConn in 2009 when Jamelle Elliott left to become the head coach at Cincinnati.
In her time in Storrs, the Huskies compiled a 330-14 record with five national championships, nine NCAA Final Four appearances, eight league tournament titles, and seven league regular season crowns. Her tenure also included the longest winning streak in NCAA history - 111 games.
â€śThis is an exciting time to be a Terrier and I am confident that we will compete at the highest level both on the court and in the classroom,â€ť Moseley said in a statement. â€śI feel privileged to lead this group of great young women in representing this prestigious institution. BU has had a great tradition of success in its athletic department and I am committed to contribute to that legacy.â€ť
Moseley graduated from BUâ€™s College of Arts & Sciences in 2004 with a degree in sociology.
She completed her four-year (2000-04) playing career as the Terriersâ€™ third-leading shot blocker (114 blocks) and earned all-America East Conference third team honors as a junior after leading BU in both steals and blocked shots.
Moseley helped the Terriers win the 2003 America East tournament championship and make their first and only appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
She had six points and three rebounds in a 91-44 loss to UConn at Gampel Pavilion.
The 36-year-old will have as many as eight players, including three starters, returning for the Terriers next season including leading scorers Nia Irving, an all-Patriot League third-team pick, and Katie Nelson, a member of the Patriot League all-rookie team. BU signed four players during the early signing period in November.
â€śI am excited to return to a place filled with wonderful memories and that helped mold me into the person I am today,â€ť Moseley said.
â€śIâ€™d also like to thank Geno Auriemma and my entire UConn family for their unwavering support through this process and for nine amazing years there. I know I would not be in this position without them.â€ť
It will be the first change on Auriemmaâ€™s staff since 2009 when Moseley came aboard.