By Andy Forman
Reporter of NKyTribune
Sydney Moss is leaving Thomas More University, the Northern Kentucky Tribune has learned.
The two-time NCAA Division III women’s basketball player of the year has accepted a position as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Wilmington (Oh) College, he told the Tribune.
Moss leaves Thomas More after two seasons as an assistant women’s coach.
“Thomas Moore” is moving up to the NCAA Division II level, he explained. Second-level coaches are not allowed to coach AAU basketball.”
The Wilmington College Quakers compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
And as for Moss coaching AAU basketball, well, he — along with Blake Donovan and Sean Murphy — formed multi-league youth basketball.
“It’s a non-profit, all for the kids,” she said. “Both boys and girls. We have six teams locally for boys and one team in West Virginia for girls.
He said the boys’ team has traveled to Louisville and Rock Hill, South Carolina. “We practice at local high schools and the YMCA,” he said. In fact, we will train wherever we can find a gym. Currently we are trying to cooperate with a local sports club.
Moss said he envisioned multiple youth league basketball about two years ago. “We actually launched it in January,” he said. “With league and travel teams.”
“I’ve always wanted to teach kids life lessons and possibly help them get a college scholarship in basketball,” he said.
And while he says he doesn’t coach. He does the work behind the scenes to keep multi-league youth basketball alive and well.
“I’ll be doing social media posts, registration, seeking donors and donations, and fundraising,” she said.
One of NCAA Division III women’s basketball’s most decorated players, Moss transferred to Thomas More after one season at the University of Florida, where she was named the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year.
In three years as a Saint, he lost a total of one game en route to the NCAA Division III National Championship (2015 later vacated). Moss was named National Player of the Year by three organizations (WBCA, D3hoops.com, DIII News) in three straight seasons and averaged over 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists in each of his three seasons. game won
Moss will be inducted into the Thomas More University Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on October 14.
A graduate of Boone County High School, she still holds the Division III women’s record for most points in a game (63) and the team record for most points in a season (891). He ranks second for most three-point field goals (92) and most rebounds (270) in a season.
During the 2014-15 national championship season, Moss led the nation in scoring with an average of 27.8 points. A year later, he averaged 24.2 points per game and set an NCAA tournament record with 197 points in his team’s six playoff victories.
As assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Saints, he was instrumental in recruiting the core of a team that claimed the 2022 NAIA Division II national championship by defeating Dorset University 77-65.
In Moss’ two years on the staff, TMU went 63-6.
“Sydney is a winner, that’s well documented,” said Wilmington College women’s basketball coach Janelle Blankspor. “In our conversations over the past few weeks, I’ve been impressed with her desire to win on a deeper level. She embodies our Lady Quaker basketball values.”
In 2019, Thomas Moore retired the No. 40 jersey Moss wore while playing for the Saints. He returned to the team the following season as an assistant coach.
Now he’s off to Ohio – to coach at Wilmington College.
But his roots in bluegrass will remain.
“I just bought a house in Northern Kentucky, so I’ll be driving 56 miles a day,” he said.
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