WC hires former Ky. Miss Basketball as assistant coach

WILMINGTON — Wilmington College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Janel Blankespoor has announced the hiring of

Sydney Moss, a national champion as a player and coach, has been hired as the top assistant coach for the Wilmington College women’s basketball program.

“I’m so excited to join the Quaker family and am extremely thankful for this opportunity,” said Moss. “I quickly fell in love with the culture and dedication of the program. Coach (Janel) Blankespoor does an excellent job, and I can’t wait to learn from her and get started.”

Moss comes to Wilmington from Thomas More University where she served as an assistant coach for the previous two seasons. As the Saints’ lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Moss aided head coach Jeff Hans, a 1999 WC graduate, to consecutive national championship game appearances in Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. She played a integral role in recruiting the core of the team that claimed the 2022 NAIA Division II national championship by defeating Dordt University 77-65. In Moss’s two years on staff, TMU went 63-6.

Prior to Thomas More, Moss spent one season as an assistant coach at both St. Thomas University (Fla.) and the University of Charleston. At both places, she was heavily involved in recruiting, practice planning, still development and scouting the opposition.

“Sydney is winner, that is well documented,” said Blankespoor. “In our conversations over the past several weeks, I became more impressed with her desire to ‘win’ on a deeper level. She embodies our Lady Quaker Basketball values, and I’m excited to add such a positive impact to our program that will help us towards accomplishing our goals.”

One of the most decorated players in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history, Moss transferred to Thomas More after one season as a player at the University of Florida where she was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year.

In three years as a Saint, she lost one game en route to consecutive NCAA Division III national championships (2015 was later vacated). Moss was named National Player of the Year three consecutive seasons by three organizations (WBCA, D3hoops.com, DIII News) and averaged better than 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game in each of her three seasons. Moss has two degrees from Thomas More — a bachelor of arts in communication and master of arts in ethical leadership.

Moss earned five varsity letters and finished her high school career at Boone County High School. After her senior season (2011-12) she collected every significant player of the year honor for the state of Kentucky, including the 2012 Gatorade Kentucky Girls Basketball Player of the Year and the 2012 Associated Press Kentucky Player of the Year, as well as being named 2012 Kentucky “Miss Basketball.”

She scored 2,997 points (19.6 ppg), 1,602 rebounds (10.5 rpg), 323 steals, 315 assists and 136 blocks (1.5 bpg), while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line.

Wilmington opens its 2022-23 season against Mount St. Joseph University Nov. 8.

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