ABILENE – ACU director of athletics Jared Mosley announced late Monday that he has decided to make a change in the leadership of the Wildcats' volleyball program and that a national search to replace head coach Kellen Mock would begin immediately.
Mosley said that assistant coach Ijeoma Moronu has been named the interim head coach and will continue ACU's recruiting efforts, as well as oversee the remainder of ACU's off-season program. He said that ideally he would like to have Mock's replacement as the head coach in place by mid-to-late May.
"I am very grateful to Kellen for the eight years she put in leading our program, and for the passion and dedication she demonstrated in working to maintain a program that meant a lot to her," Mosley said. "There are a number of significant achievements that I want to acknowledge and celebrate as she leaves. Her work and love for ACU have provided a foundation that I look forward to building on as we make this transition.
"We are constantly evaluating our programs and asking key questions during this transition period," Mosley said, "and I believe that with the roster we have coming back and the opportunities ahead of us that this was the right time to make this change."
Last fall, Mock completed her eighth season as the head coach as the Wildcats went 6-18 overall and 2-12 in their first season at the NCAA Division I level and part of the Southland Conference. One player, freshman middle blocker Lexi Mercier, was voted honorable mention all-conference by the league's head coaches. Over the last two seasons the Wildcats were 18-37 overall and 10-24 in conference play, including 12-19 overall and 8-12 in conference play in 2012 in their final season in the Lone Star Conference.
Mock's overall record of 154-97 made her the third-winningest coach in school history in terms of number of wins (behind 173 by Brek Horn and 163 by Kent Wieb), and her .614 winning percentage is second in school history only behind the .715 winning percentage posted by Horn, who directed the Wildcats to a 173-69 record from 1999-2005.
Mock took the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament three times (2006, 2010 and 2011). She directed the 2009 team to a 29-6 mark, the 2010 team to a 27-6 record and the 2008 squad to a 26-9 ledger, records that rank tied for fourth, eighth and ninth, respectively, in ACU history in single-season wins.