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Mosby Looks to Return to Successful Roots
February 10, 2014
Tim Mosby, assistant coach of the Marquette High School soccer team, has been named the head coach of the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team.
Mosby, a former Academic All-American player at STLCC-Florissant Valley in 2000-01, becomes the Archers’ third different head coach since the program became districtwide in 2011. He succeeds Dan O’Keefe.
Mosby, who has spent the past nine years at Marquette High School, will be joined by assistant Matt Benoist, who was Mosby’s teammate at Florissant Valley.
“I really care about the direction of the program, and where it’s going,” Mosby said. “I’ve had a lot of success at the high school level, and I feel like I’m ready to move on to a little something different. I think we can attract some good talent here.”
He takes over an Archers program that posted a record of 2-16-1 a year ago, a far cry from the Florissant Valley heydays, led by legendary coach Pete Sorber. Mosby played on Florissant Valley’s last winning team, which was nationally ranked, 13 years ago. Mosby looks to reclaim a bit of that tradition during his tenure, and acknowledges that the turnaround will be a multi-year process.
Mosby looks to lean on many of the relationships he built while coaching at the high school level, in addition to having a feel for the talent in west St. Louis County, a region that has proven to be one of the more fertile soccer recruiting areas in recent years.
“Coaching in the Suburban West is the best public conference in the state,” Mosby said. “Looking at the top 10, you can look at Marquette, Lafayette, (Rockwood) Summit—all teams from the Suburban West. Knowing those coaches over the last 10 years creates a nice connection to the recruiting base out there, and I think that’s an area we have to tap, along with North County and the south, as well.”
In addition to his work on the Archers’ on-field product, Mosby’s attention to detail among his students in the classroom also made him a prime candidate for the head coaching position at STLCC. His status as an Academic All-American sets a high standard for future STLCC players.
“Number one, they’re student-athletes,” Mosby said. “We’re going to be bit stricter in that sense. We want to create a family atmosphere in a sense. We take care of each other, we stay on each other. On the field, we keep everyone accountable to their responsibilities. That’s kind of the environment I want to set here. I built my foundation on academics here, and I think a lot of kids can get themselves on the right track here.”