Interview with Lincoln University Director of Athletics Head Men’s Basketball Coach John Moseley
John Moseley was officially named as the Director of Athletics at Lincoln University on April 12, 2016, after having served as the Interim Director of Athletics since July of 2015. Moseley initially joined the Blue Tigers on April 14, 2014, after being named as the head men’s basketball coach, a role that he has maintained in addition to his duties as the Director of Athletics.
Moseley was instrumental in Lincoln University’s partnership with Jefferson City Parks, which resulted in the construction of a state-of-the-art campus wellness and recreation center known as The Linc. A $14-million project located on Lincoln’s campus, the Linc houses a gymnasium with 4 basketball courts or 6 six volleyball courts, a suspended track, a spacious fitness center, office space, classrooms, meeting spaces, and a President’s Suite that overlooks Reed Stadium.
Simultaneously, Moseley collaborated with the LU Student Government Association to promote a plan that allows Lincoln to become more competitive through an upgrade in athletic facilities, increasing athletic scholarships, and providing a better game-day atmosphere for Lincoln students. In November of 2016, Lincoln students bought into the vision and voted for a new student athletic fee which provides funding to support Blue Tiger Athletics, allowing the Department of Athletics to support $3 million in athletic upgrades and construction.
Dwight T. Reed Stadium received significant renovations, including the installation of a synthetic turf field, a resurfaced track, new LED lighting, and a video scoreboard, during the summer of 2017. Moseley worked to secure funding for a brand new basketball court in Jason Gym in 2019, and Lincoln’s softball program began to play in a new complex, complete with a brand-new scoreboard, in the spring of 2017. New locker rooms and office spaces have also been constructed for LU football and men’s & women’s track during Moseley’s tenure leading the athletic department.
In the summer of 2015, Moseley oversaw the development of the Blue Tiger Athletics Club, the university’s booster organization. Membership during the initial year was 157 and has increased each year, with 178 members in 2016-17, 264 in 2017-18, and more than 335 in 2018-19. The Blue Tiger Athletics Club has contributed over $70,000 towards the purchase of weight-room equipment for Lincoln’s student-athletes.
Lincoln’s student-athletes have increased their academic performance during Moseley’s time as the Director of Athletics, with 76 Blue Tiger student-athletes being named to the MIAA’s Academic Honor Roll for earning a 3.0 or better GPA during the 2018-19 school year, and four athletes earning Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-American accolades. Moseley developed the Blue Tiger Awards Show to recognize the academic and athletic accomplishments of LU student-athletes. In addition, he began the tradition of graduates receiving sashes to denote their experience as Blue Tiger student-athletes.
During Moseley’s tenure as the director of athletics, Lincoln has won three NCAA Division II national championships (women’s indoor track & field, 2016 & women’s outdoor track & field, 2018 & 2019) and six of LU’s 12 athletic programs have qualified for postseason competition. An active member of the Jefferson City community, Moseley has also successfully grown the athletic department’s corporate sponsors, beginning partnerships with Chick-Fil-A, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Legends Bank, and Capital Region Medical Center, among others.
As the head men’s basketball coach, Moseley’s teams have now combined for four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 40 years. Now entering his sixth season, Moseley has led a resurgence in Blue Tiger basketball that includes the program’s first winning season (2015-16) since 2001-02. During the 2015-16 season, the Blue Tigers won 11 MIAA games, matching their total from the previous six years combined, and earned a home victory over Emporia State in the first round of the MIAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Moseley led the Blue Tigers to 17 wins, its highest victory total in 15 years, and earned a road victory over Lindenwood in the first round of the MIAA Basketball Championship. It marked the second consecutive season that LU won a postseason game. Two Blue Tigers coached by Moseley, Anthony Virdure, and Jaylon Smith became the fastest players in history to reach 1,000 career points. Verdure capped off the season by being named All-MIAA first team, while Smith was an all-league third-team selection.
Moseley reloaded during the 2017-18 season, leading a squad consisting of main newcomers to a third-straight winning season and postseason appearance. Three members of that team earned All-MIAA recognition, with Terrance Smith earning all-league third-team honors.
In 2018-19, Moseley had his best season yet as the men’s basketball coach, leading the Blue Tigers to 18 victories and a berth in the semifinals of the MIAA Championship. Lincoln defeated Fort Hays State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, and a stretch of seven consecutive wins had LU receiving votes in the NABC Division II national poll for the first time under Moseley’s leadership. The campaign ended with Terrance Smith, Grant Olsson, Jonell Burton, and Amariontez Ivory earning All-MIAA honors, with Smith being named to the All-MIAA second team.
In addition to the success on the court, Moseley’s teams have also excelled in the classroom. In 2019, Grant Olsson became the first member of the LU men’s basketball team to earn Google Cloud/CoSIDA All-American first-team honors while, in 2015, Joshua Buie earned academic all-district accolades. During the fall semester of 2017, 11 of the 14 student-athletes were named to the Dean’s List. In the spring of 2018 and in the spring of 2019, 10 of the 14 earned Dean’s List honors. After five seasons as the head men’s basketball coach, Moseley has now graduated 12 of the 16 seniors that have played for the Blue Tigers.
Prior to his time at Lincoln University, Moseley aggressively climbed the coaching ranks in NCAA Division I basketball. During North Carolina Central University’s transition to Division I, Moseley was named as the Associate Head Coach in July 2011 and later mentored a pair of All-MEAC guards including the 2014 MVP, Jeremy Ingram. The 2013-14 Eagles squad went 28-6, tying the program record for wins in a season, and won both the MEAC’s regular season and postseason championships. NCCU earned a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, where the Eagles fell in the second round to No. 3 Iowa State.
During Moseley’s time at NCCU, the Eagles improved their win total during each of the four seasons, going from 15 victories in 2010-11 to 17 in 2011-12 to 22 in 2012-13. In each of his final two seasons with the program, NCCU went 15-1 MEAC play, and in 2013-14, it was a perfect 14-0 at home.
Before joining Levelle Moton’s staff at NCCU, Moseley served alongside Mack McCarthy as an assistant basketball coach at East Carolina University. Moseley coached under the tutelage of Bobby Collins during Winston-Salem State University’s transition to NCAA Division I play. Prior to his stop in Winston-Salem, Moseley spent a year at Wright State University where Head Coach Brad Brownell led the Raiders to the Horizon League’s regular season and tournament championships, and a spot in the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Other coaching stops included an assistant coaching role at the University of Delaware and a season as the Director of Basketball Operations at East Carolina University.
Moseley’s teams have experienced success at every stop, including leading his alma mater, Warren County High School to an appearance in the NCHSAA’s 2005 Boys Basketball State Championship game for the first time in 23 years.
Moseley has been active in organizations at the national, state, and local levels, and is currently a member of NACDA, D2 ADA, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Jefferson City Evening Lions, and the JC CVB’s Athletic Events Committee. Moseley is in his second year of representing the MIAA on the NCAA D2 Men’s Basketball Committee and has also served on several MIAA task forces.
A Warrenton, North Carolina, native, Moseley graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree in exercise & sport science in 1998. He obtained his Master’s of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Athletic Administration from East Carolina University in 1999 and is currently a candidate for a Doctoral degree in the University of Missouri’s Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) program.