Craig MosquedaHead Coach
Office Phone: (864) 622-6036
Craig Mosqueda, a native of Topeka, Kan., took the reins of the Anderson University volleyball program prior to the 2009 campaign and continued the successful tradition, guiding the Trojans to their fourth consecutive 20-win season and their eleventh straight trip to the conference tournament. AU caught fire during the latter part of the 2009 campaign, winning 10 of its last 12 regular-season matches en route to capturing the fourth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament and advancing to the semifinals.
In 2009, junior Adria Mullaney was named to the Wingate All-Tournament team and fellow junior Lindsay Doggett earned All-Conference honors, while outside hitter Jamie Lancaster was named to the All-Southeast Region first team and earned all-conference honors after leading the conference and ranking eighth nationally in kills per set. At the conclusion of the 2012 campaign, outside hitter Shannon Gillespie earned Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference accolades.
Mosqueda recorded 40 wins in just two seasons with the Black & Gold, including an 18-15 mark in the Trojans’ inaugural season in 2010 as members of the highly competitive South Atlantic Conference. AU reeled off five straight wins to open the 2010 campaign and posted 10 victories in its first 14 outings. Under Mosqueda’s leadership, AU notched its 12th consecutive appearance in the league tournament.
He has helped guide several Trojan players to record-setting heights, as Mullaney, Doggett and Lancaster each left their marks in the AU record books. Mullaney is second all-time in digs and ranks third in career service aces. Doggett holds the school record for assists, while Lancaster tops the record books for kills and points. Tiffany Rowe concluded her career with the 2012 campaign ranking second in total blocks, block assists and solo blocks in the Anderson record books.
His players are successful in the classroom as well, as Jen Moffitt and Lancaster each earned academic all-conference honors, while Lancaster was named the 2010 South Atlantic Conference scholar-athlete for volleyball and earned the school’s first-ever NCAA post-graduate scholarship. She was also named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team and was named one of the top two college students in the state of South Carolina among 21 independent colleges and universities as a junior. Meghan Cautero was named Third-Team Academic All-America following the 2012 season, while Gillespie earned First-Team Academic All-District honors.
The volleyball team has helped set the pace for academic excellence, as the squad claimed the Dr. Shirley Jacks Academic Excellence Award for the second time in three semesters after wrapping up the 2013 spring term with an impressive team grade point average of 3.55. The award is presented by the Anderson University Athletics Department to the team that possesses the highest grade point average for each semester.
Mosqueda was named the fourth coach in school history following a successful stint at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. In eight seasons with the Lady Eagles, Mosqueda compiled 136 victories as one of only four coaches in that program's history. Mosqueda led Asbury to a 27-17 overall record in 2008, and led the Lady Eagles to the program's first-ever KIAC Championship and berth in the NAIA National Tournament.
Mosqueda began coaching when he went with a girlfriend to volleyball tryouts to help her coach and ended up with a team of his own. After taking his own club team to nationals and compiling a 40-1 record, Mosqueda was certain of what was going to do.
"From then on, I was just addicted to coaching," said Mosqueda.
Mosqueda has coached on both the club and high school level. In 1997 and 1998, he served as the volleyball coach at Highland Park High School, where he taught biology for three years. Prior to taking the job at Asbury College, he served as the head volleyball coach at Seaman High in Topeka, Kansas for two seasons. His 2000 team compiled a record of 30-12, won the regional tournament and placed eighth in the state tournament.
In 2001, Mosqueta started his own club program, and posted a 64-12 record en route to earning a 32nd place finish at the USAV National Tournament.
Mosqueda graduated in 1995 from Washburn University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education. He has worked numerous camps, including three years at the University of Kansas and two years at the University of Kentucky.
"We are delighted to have Craig on the Trojan Athletic staff," said Simpson. "He brought to us a wealth of experience and success, and has blended well with our staff; I look forward to continued success under his leadership."
"For so long, I did other things to compensate my income," said Mosqueda. "But I knew all along that this was my calling, and I am thankful to get the opportunity."
Mosqueda, his wife, Leah, and their children, Anna Claire and Jackson Craig reside in Anderson.
Hannah BuddAssistant Coach
Hannah Budd is entering her first season as an assistant coach on the Anderson volleyball staff. Budd previously played for AU head coach Craig Mosqueda at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Over the past two years, Budd served as head coach of two high school teams in Kentucky before arriving in South Carolina during the summer. She has been active in the club volleyball scene, coaching for five years for clubs BRVC and TEVA in the Bluegrass State.
As a player, Budd was a two-time All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection at libero. She left Asbury as the school’s all-time leader in digs with 2,134 in four years. Budd was a key member of Asbury’s most successful four-year run in school history, as the Eagles won 104 matches and their only two KIAC regular-season titles in school history. Asbury advanced to the KIAC Tournament championship match in each of Budd’s four seasons and competed in the 2008 NAIA National Tournament, the only appearance in school history.
Budd received a bachelor’s degree in History from Asbury in 2011 and will begin a graduate degree program in January, 2014. She currently resides in Central, S.C. with her husband, T.J.