CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern University has named Christy Mooberry as the new Buccaneers' volleyball Head Coach, CSU Athletic Director Hank Small announced on Wednesday.
Mooberry comes to Charleston Southern by way of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. after one season with the Bulldogs, leading the team to the NCCAA MidEast Region Championship match before falling to Campbellsville to end the season.
"Christy Mooberry is an outstanding volleyball coach and we are very excited that she will lead our program," commented Small on Mooberry. "She is a proven winner as a head coach and has shown that she can build a successful program. She is a great fit for CSU."
She coached two players that finished on the NCCAA MidEast All-Region team in freshmen Kristin Cook and Elise Seufert, while Cook received NCCAA National Player of the Week honors during the 2012 season as well.
Mooberry's career head coaching record at four year schools is 102-94 (.520) over five seasons.
"I'm excited to be at Charleston Southern," said Mooberry on being named to the position. "I'd like to thank Mr. Small and Dr. Rick Brewer for the opportunity and the other coaches and athletic staff for being so welcoming. I'm excited to work with everyone; it really does feel like a team here. I feel I bring vision and passion to the program and I'm excited about the potential of this program in so many ways. I'm also excited to continue to build on the confidence former CSU Head Coach Al Givens brought to the program."
Before going to Union, Mooberry left her mark on Montreat College as she led the volleyball program to the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season title in 2010, and a tournament title in 2011. She improved their standing in conference rankings each season she coached at Montreat. In 2010, her team set a Montreat volleyball record with a program best 28 wins. Her team participated in the NAIA National Championships Opening Round in 2011. She led her team to at least 25 victories in each of her last three seasons at Montreat.
The four seasons captured many AAC, AVCA and NAIA awards for the Cavs including the prestigious NAIA National Player of the Year award, 9 AAC First Team All-Conference awards, 2 AAC Second Team All-Conference Awards, 6 AAC All Freshmen Team awards, 7 AAC All-Tournament Team awards, 1 AAC Tournament MVP and 17 All-Academic Team awards. Also in the list of awards the Cavs have earned in her four seasons are: 10 AAC Player of the Week at the Conference Level awards, 9 AAC Hitter of the Week awards, 8 AAC Setter of the Week awards, 4 NAIA AVCA All Region, Northeast Region, 2 NAIA AVCA Honorable Mention All American, 1 AAC Libero of the Week award, and 2 Daktronics Scholar Athletes.
Prior to coaching at Montreat, Mooberry coached at Newfane (N.Y.) High School. She also coached the Western New York Stars Volleyball Club team.
Mooberry played volleyball at the high school and club levels in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She played college volleyball for two seasons at the University of Saint Francis (Ill.). While there, she helped lead her teams to back-to-back Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament titles. Mooberry was named a scholar athlete and was named to the Dean's List in both 1998 and 1999.
Mooberry then transferred to the Moody Bible Institute where she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in sports ministry. While at the Moody Bible Institute, she earned numerous volleyball awards, including two NCCAA Division II First Team All-American awards, NCCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament in 1999 and 2000, six all-tournament awards, and two tournament MVPs. She served as team captain and also earned the Most Inspirational Award while playing in the Grace Bible College Volleyball Classic. Mooberry earned the President's Award and was named the Moody Bible Institute Female Athlete of the Year for 2000-01.
After graduation, Mooberry (then Simmons) and her husband Scott were married in June of 2001 and moved to Newfane. Her first job was an assistant coach position for Wilson (N.Y.) High School for one year, before taking the head coaching job at Newfane High School. During her six years as head coach at Newfane, she posted a 92-26 record and was a perfect 48-0 in conference play over the last four years. They earned four conference titles and were Section VI state finalist from 2004-07.
Mooberry founded the Western New York Stars USA Volleyball Club in 2002, which provided opportunities for both athletic development and ministry impact.
"I've had my eye on CSU for a while for three main reasons," said Mooberry on the move to Charleston Southern. "First, because it's a Christian university that is open enrollment and I love the opportunity that provides. Second, it's a NCAA Division I institution, so we can really pursue excellence in our sport. Third, you can't beat the location of Charleston; this is somewhere my husband and I would love to settle and stay for a long time."
Mooberry is a USAV Level II Certified Coach through the USAV's Coaching Accreditation Program, an International Sports Sciences Association Certified Fitness Trainer, and a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. In addition, she holds a New York State coaching certification. She was published in the June/July 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association's Coaching Volleyball magazine. Mooberry also holds a Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a Coaching emphasis through Georgia Southern University.
The Charleston Southern volleyball schedule begins on August 30th as CSU travels to Davidson, N.C. to take part in the Davidson Tournament. CSU's first home match is on September 10 against Savannah State inside the Buc Dome.