Women's College Volleyball

QU volleyball coach seeks better opportunity to grow

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 11, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 1:32 am

QUINCY -- Abby Moser knows that to become a better head coach, she needs to work with someone who can help her grow.

She believes Jason Skoch is that guy.

Moser is making an unusual move, giving up a head volleyball coaching job at one NCAA Division II school to become an assistant coach at another. She resigned last week as the Quincy University women's volleyball coach to take a position at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., where Skoch was named the head coach one month ago.

"He's done a really good job of training assistants to go on to bigger jobs after working with him," Moser said. "That's exciting."

Moser spent the last four seasons working at QU, two as the assistant under Bob Crank and two as the head coach. She led the Hawks to a 20-40 record and a 7-29 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

A national search for her replacement will begin immediately.?"She made a positive impact on our campus and all of her student-athletes over the last four years," QU athletic director Marty Bell said. "We wish her success in her new opportunity at Saint Leo."

Moser played at Truman State, where she was named the 2014 GLVC Libero of the Year and earned All-Midwest Region honors, before joining the QU staff in 2015.

"I need to grow as a person," Moser said. "I've only ever been in the (Great Lakes Valley Conference) as a player and a coach, and I've also never lived outside a three-hour radius of St. Louis. So this is one of those things were I need some new things in my life, and at the age that I am, I need some new challenges."

Skoch offers that opportunity. His teams have won 413 matches in 14 seasons as a head coach, including a 276-88 mark in 10 seasons at West Texas A&M. He is a five-time conference coach of the year with five NCAA elite eight appearances. He spent his first four years as a head coach at Truman State, winning 137 matches with four NCAA Tournament appearances.

"It's going to be different going from a head coach to an assistant, but I knew what I was getting myself into," Moser said. "It's also about understanding a different part of the country. Volleyball is different down there. Recruiting is going to be different. There are going to be some challenges that come along with it, but I'm excited for those."

QU has had two winning records in volleyball since the 2007 season.