Marisa Moseley is getting a homecoming.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball assistant coach has been named the head coach at her alma mater Boston University, BU athletic director Drew Marrochello announced on Tuesday. Moseley becomes the eighth head coach -- and first alumna -- in program history. She will be formally introduced on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Francis D. Burke Club Room at Agganis Arena.
"This is a banner day for Boston University women's basketball," Marrochello said in a statement. "As we embark on a new and promising era, we are incredibly excited to welcome Marisa back to her alma mater to lead the program she played for.
"Marisa emerged from an outstanding group of candidates, and it became clear that she would be a perfect fit for this team and our department. Her charisma and enthusiasm are contagious and her coaching pedigree speaks for itself. We are proud that she has chosen to be a Terrier again."
Moseley spent nine years on coach Geno Auriemma's staff. She replaced Jamelle Elliott in 2009 when Elliott left to become the head coach at Cincinnati. In that span alongside head coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey, the Huskies compiled a 330-13 record with five national championships, nine NCAA Final Four appearances, eight league tournament titles, and seven league regular season crowns. Her tenure included the longest winning streak in NCAA history -- 111 games (2014-16) and the last 51 wins of the second-longest winning streak of 90 (2008-10).
"This is a great day for BU women's basketball," Auriemma said in a statement."BU is getting an amazing person who has the ability to transform the women's program and create excitement that the players, the University and the fans can rally around. Marisa possesses the same qualities that every successful coach has: passion, energy, compassion, discipline and the ability to communicate effectively to her players. We are going to miss Marisa. She has made a lasting impact on our program and in the hearts of our coaches and players. I will miss her personally as a coach and more as a friend. Congrats to Marisa and BU."
She becomes the fourth former BU athlete among current head coaches in the department, joining Brian Durocher (women's ice hockey), David Quinn (men's ice hockey) and Lesley Sheehan (women's tennis).
"This is an exciting time to be a Terrier and I am confident that we will compete at the highest level both on the court and in the classroom," Moseley said in a statement. "I feel privileged to lead this group of great young women in representing this prestigious institution. BU has had a great tradition of success in its athletic department and I am committed to contribute to that legacy."
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Moseley completed her four-year (2000-04) playing career as the Terriers' third-leading shot blocker (114 blocks). The defensive specialist earned all-America East Conference third Team honors in 2002-03 after leading BU in both steals and blocked shots.
Moseley helped the Terriers win the 2003 America East tournament championship and make their first and only appearance in the NCAA tournament. She had six points and three rebounds in a 91-44 loss to UConn at Gampel Pavilion.
It will be the first change on Auriemma's staff since 2009 when Moseley came aboard.
"I am excited to return to a place filled with wonderful memories and helped mold me into the person I am today," Moseley said. "I would like to thank President Robert A. Brown, [senior vice president] Todd Klipp, Drew Marrochello and the entire athletic department for entrusting me with this unbelievable opportunity.
"I would also like to thank Geno Auriemma and my entire UConn family for their unwavering support through this process and for nine amazing years there. I know I would not be in this position without them."
In addition to her coaching duties, Moseley served as a member of the University of Connecticut Diversity Council and was on director of athletics David Benedict's Leadership Team. Furthermore, she was a member of the Student-Athlete Development Diversity Committee and was the athletics department's liaison to the Office of Diversity.
Moseley graduated from BU's College of Arts & Sciences in 2004 with a degree in sociology and returned to campus in 2012 to serve as a panelist for the "Pass It On: A Celebration" event that honored milestones and accomplishments in women's athletics.