MOSQUEDA NAMED NEW CITADEL VOLLEYBALL COACH

Coach Craig Mosqueda

Coach Craig Mosqueda

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Craig Mosqueda has been named the new head coach of The Citadel volleyball program, it was announced today by Director of Athletics Jim Senter. Mosqueda (mo-SKET-uh) joins the Bulldog coaching staff after spending the past six years at Anderson, leading the Trojans to 105 wins including a 25-9 record and second consecutive appearance in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship match and NCAA Division II Tournament last fall.

In 2013, the Trojans finished 19-15 and defeated Tusculum in the Southeast Regional for the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. Anderson was picked to finish 10th in the SAC before placing third in the regular season and following that up with the program’s first-ever berth in the conference championship match.

The Trojans had made only one appearance in the NCAA Tournament prior to Mosqueda leading them to the field of 64 the past two years. “I am so excited about the opportunity to work at The Citadel, and I would like to thank Jim Senter and the rest of the hiring committee for trusting in my abilities to move this program forward,” said Mosqueda. “My family and I love the Charleston area and are excited to get to work at such a prestigious institution and live in the best city in America. From the moment I stepped onto campus and met the staff and administration, I knew this would be an amazing opportunity.”

Mosqueda arrived at Anderson in 2009 and immediately made an impact on the program. The Trojans won 40 times in his first two seasons including records of 22-12 in 2009 and 18-15 the following year as he helped the team make its transition into the highly-competitive South Atlantic Conference. Several of his players earned all-conference and all-region accolades and are prominently featured in the Anderson record book.

His players have also been successful in the classroom. Jamie Lancaster was honored as the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball, earned the school’s first-ever NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team in 2010. She was also chosen one of the top two college students among the 21 independent colleges and universities in South Carolina following her junior year.

The volleyball program was a multiple time recipient of the Dr. Shirley Jacks Academic Excellence Award as the Anderson team with the highest grade point average each semester. In the spring 2013 semester, the volleyball team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.55.

“We were very pleased with the quality of the candidate pool, and Craig quickly rose to the top,” said Senter. “Craig has proven he can win and has done so at every level of his career. He won in the high school ranks as well as the NAIA and NCAA Division II, and we are confident he can take The Citadel volleyball program to a more competitive level. “We can’t wait to get Craig here and watch him train our volleyball cadet-athletes and develop a team culture that believes it can win and does so on the court.”

Prior to his time at Anderson, Mosqueda was the head coach at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. In eight seasons with the Lady Eagles, he compiled 136 victories including a 27-17 campaign in 2008 when Asbury won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the first time in program history and earned a spot the NAIA National Tournament.

Mosqueda began his coaching career on the prep level, serving as head coach at Highland Park High School in his native Topeka, Kan., in 1997 and 1998 before moving to crosstown Seaman High School for two years. In 2000, his Seaman team went 30-12, won the region title and placed eighth in the state tournament. He also started his own club program and led it to a 64-12 record en route to a 32nd-place finish at the USA Volleyball National Tournament in 2001.

Mosqueda graduated from Washburn (Kan.) University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State (Kan.) in 2007. He and his wife, Leah, are the parents of a daughter, Anna Claire, and a son, Jackson Craig.

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