Monday, March 3, 2014

UT-San Antonio: Larry Coker Hires New Receivers Coach

SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head coach Larry Coker announced Monday that he has hired Marquis (pronounced MAR-cus) Mosely as an assistant coach. He will tutor the program’s receivers and his appointment is effective immediately.

“We are very excited to announce Marquis Mosely as our new receivers coach,” Coker said. “Marquis is an outstanding person and an outstanding football coach. We’re elated that we are able to bring him aboard a month before spring drills start and I know he’s ready to get right to work with our players."

"Teaching the game of football has always been a passion of mine,” Mosely said. “Football is the ultimate team sport were the team has to work together to be successful. The opportunity to return to my passion is truly a blessing. I will be working with a tremendous head coach, but more importantly a tremendous person in Larry Coker. UTSA is a university that is moving forward, on and off the field, and I am grateful for now being a part of that process." 

Mosely comes to UTSA after three years in the personal training business. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Plymouth (Mich.) High School in 2010-11. He helped guide the Wildcats to the 2010 MHSAA Division I Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit and to another playoff berth in the state’s largest division one year later. Under his direction, the offense averaged 35.1 points per game in 2010 and 32.6 the following season, both of which ranked in the top 20 in the state.

Mosely previously was an assistant coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level for six seasons, including one during Coker’s final year at Miami (Fla.). He spent two total seasons as the Hurricanes’ wide receivers coach in 2006-07, where he tutored future NFL players Darnell Jenkins, Lance Leggett and Sam Shields. He helped recruit wide receivers classes that were ranked fourth (2007) and 13th (2006) nationally by

Prior to his stint at Miami, Mosely was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois, where he was the passing game coordinator and tutored the wide receivers. He helped lead the Huskies to a pair of Mid-American Conference West Division Championships and coached a pair of all-conference performers in Sam Hurd and Dan Sheldon. The offense finished sixth nationally in passing efficiency and 16th in both total offense and rushing in 2005 after ranking in the top 15 in total offense, scoring and rushing the previous year.

Mosely got his collegiate coaching start as an assistant coach at Army in 2002, where he coached wide receivers and was the head junior varsity coach for two seasons. A pair of his players made national waves in his first year. Aris Comeaux was a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award for the nation’s top special teams player and William White ranked 17th nationally in all-purpose yards per game (149.6 ypg).

Mosely participated in the NFL Coaching Internship Program with the Detroit Lions in 2010, Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and Tennessee Titans in 2003.

He earned three letters as a wide receiver for head coach Lou Tepper at Illinois in 1993-94 and ’96. As a sophomore, he played on the 7-5 Illini squad that played in the Liberty Bowl. In 1996, Mosely started 11 games and hauled in 28 passes for 301 yards and a TD.

In 1997, Mosely transferred to Illinois State for his senior season. He earned first-team All-Gateway Athletic Conference honors after leading the Redbirds in receiving with 60 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns and kickoff returns with 20 for 535 yards (26.8 avg.). Mosely set school records for single-game receptions (12 vs. Northern Iowa), single-game all-purpose yardage (316 vs. Northern Illinois) and longest kickoff return (100 yards vs. Buffalo).

Mosely was a three-sport star at Bloomington (Ill.) High School. In football, he earned Parade All-America, all-state, all-area and all-conference accolades as a senior in 1993. Mosely caught 95 passes for 2,043 yards (21.5 avg.) and 27 TDs during his final two years, with 56 receptions for 1,271 yards and 15 scores coming as a senior in helping lead his team to an 11-2 record and the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. As a junior, he helped his team finish 13-1 and reach the Class 5A State Championship Game. In track & field, Mosely ran on the mile relay unit that placed fifth (1991) and sixth (1992) at the state meet. 

Mosely received a bachelor of arts in communications from Illinois in 1998 and he is a licensed airline pilot. He and his wife, Stacy, have one son, Dominic, and one daughter, Jacquelyn.


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