App State hires new women’s tennis coach

By Nathan Ham - [email protected]

Blake Mosley

BOONE — Appalachian State University announced on Tuesday that the women’s tennis program will have a new head coach for the upcoming season.

Blake Mosley, a 26-year coaching veteran, accepted the head coaching position at App State, according to Doug Gillin, App State’s director of athletics.

“We’re excited to welcome Blake Mosley to the Appalachian family,” Gillin said. “I first would like to thank the members of our search committee, chaired by associate athletics director Brittney Whiteside, for their hard work and the outstanding job they did identifying the right person to lead our women’s tennis program moving forward.”

Mosley will replace Colin Crothers, who was let go after 19 seasons at Appalachian State. Crothers finished with a career record of 165-214 at App State, a stint that included coaching eight all-conference players and 24 academic all-conference performers.

Mosley played collegiately at College of Charleston from 1991-95 before playing professionally from 1999-2007.

Mosley also made stops overseas playing and coaching in Austria and Switzerland.

After his playing career was over, Mosley started out his collegiate coaching career as the head tennis coach at Chaminade University from 2007-12. After that, Mosley moved on to Santa Clara University where he was an assistant coach for one season and followed that up with his most recent move, a three-year stint as an assistant at the University of Colorado.

While at Chaminade, Mosley was named the 2010 ITA West Region Coach of the Year.

During his one season at Santa Clara, he helped lead the Broncos to the West Coast Conference championship, the first ever in school history.

In his most recent stop at Colorado, Mosley has coached four all-Pac 12 student athletes and saw the Buffaloes win 26 games over the three seasons he was there.

“I’d like to thank the search committee chair, Brittney Whiteside, director of athletics Doug Gillin and the entire hiring committee for this great opportunity,” said Mosley. “Their vision for the future of Appalachian State athletics and the women’s tennis program are inspiring. My wife, Aline, and I are excited to involve ourselves in the Boone community and get started with the upcoming season.”

Colorado head coach Nicole Kenneally was happy to see an integral part of her coaching staff get another head coaching shot.

“We are all really excited for this opportunity for Blake and his family. He has worked hard and put in the time to lead a team such as App State. I believe he will make an immediate positive impact in the Sun Belt Conference with the program, she said. “Blake brings a great skill set and will provide an environment that will benefit the players in bringing out their best. It will be fun to see the progress of the program from afar.”

App State finished last season with a 7-14 record and were eliminated in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

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