Sydney Moss, a two-time WBCA Player of the Year and NCAA DIII All-American, has been named as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season, announced St. Thomas University Athletic Director, Laura Courtley – Todd.
Moss played her college basketball career at the University of Florida and Thomas More University (KY.), and is one of the most accomplished players in Saints history. As a freshman at UF, Moss was named to the 2013 All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team and to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament All-Tournament Team. Moss started in 24-of-37 games, led the Gators in assists (143), finishing second in scoring (11.8 points-per-game), rebounds (6.8 rebounds-per-game) and steals (52).
Moss transferred to Thomas More University for her sophomore and junior campaigns, leading the Saints to a NCAA DIII National Championship in 2014-15. In her sophomore season, Moss won all three Division III National Player of the Year awards: WBCA Player of the Year, D3Hoops.com Player of the Year and the Women’s DIII News Player of the Year, as well as, being named a First-Team All-American by all three organizations. Moss led the nation in scoring (27.8 ppg) and also broke the NCAA DIII record for points in a game, scoring 63 points against Waynesburg University in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Semi-final game. Moss was named the PAC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-PAC member.
As a junior, Moss repeated as the NCAA DII Player of the Year in the WBCA, D3Hoops.com and Women’s DIII News, while also being recognized as the PAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-PAC member. Moss led the Saints to the NCAA DIII Championship, breaking the NCAA all-division scoring record in men’s or women’s tournaments, scoring 197 points in six games.
Moss comes to St. Thomas with an already established connection, throughout her playing career, Moss played at Thomas More University while current St. Thomas University President, David A. Armstrong J.D. served in the same role.
President Armstrong stated “I am very excited to reunite at STU with one of the greatest collegiate players in history, our student-athletes will learn from a great basketball-mind and a proven winner. For me, Sydney was the LeBron James of Women’s Basketball. She is a wonderful person whose coaching career will take off under Coach [Candace] Walker.”
Moss joins St. Thomas University to become part of Head Coach Candace Walker‘s and the Bobcats’ staff, who have been to the NAIA National Tournament in each of the past two seasons. In two years as the Head Coach at STU, Walker has accumulated a 42-20 record.
Head Coach Walker said “We are delighted to welcome Sydney to our Bobcat family. She is a great addition to our program. Her ties in the Midwest will add to our recruiting base as we continue to recruit high-quality student-athletes.”
Walker added “The most impressive attribute that Sydney will contribute is her playing experience. Following her collegiate career, Sydney is a proven winner and knows the level of dedication and work ethic it takes to be successful on the court. We look forward to her contributing to the culture we are building at St. Thomas University.”
St. Thomas University begins the 2019-20 season on November 1st, taking on the Johnson College Jaguars in Kissimmee, Fla.NAIA STU The Sun Conference