Craig Mosqueda | Head Coach
Alma Mater: Washburn, '95
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.
The Trojans have earned a berth in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament in three of the last four seasons since joining the SAC in 2010, including both the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. Last season saw Mosqueda lead the Trojans to just the second NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament appearance in school history, with AU earning its’ first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
A preseason pick by the league’s coaches to finish 10th in the South Atlantic Conference, the Trojans wrapped up the season tied for third in the league. The 2013 edition of Trojan volleyball also made history by making its first-ever appearance in the finals of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament after knocking off Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
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.
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. Following the 2013 campaign, Gillespie and Hailey Pittman and were named to the 2013 NCAA Southeast Region All-Tournament Team and both also earned Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors. The talented duo also collected First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference recognition.
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.
Gillespie already ranks seventh all-time in the school record books with 1,193 career kills, while Pittman was 11th following the 2013 season. Meghan Cautero wrapped up a stellar three-year career ranking fourth all-time in career assists.
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. Cautero went on to again claim Third-Team Academic All-America honors following the 2013 season, while Gillespie earned all-district accolades for the second consecutive year.
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 3.55 team grade point average. 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, Mosqueda 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.