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Union University announces Mooberry as new head volleyball coach

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JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/18/2012 - Union University has announced Christy Mooberry as the new head coach of the women’s volleyball program. Mooberry comes to Union after spending the last four seasons at Montreat (N.C.) College.

Dr. Jerry N. Tidwell, Senior Vice President for University Relations said, “We are thrilled to have Christy Mooberry leading our women’s volleyball program for many reasons. Her competitive spirit coupled with the desire to see these young ladies grow and mature in their relationship with Christ are unique qualities that make her an excellent fit for Union University.”

Mooberry left her mark on Montreat as she led the volleyball program to the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season title in 2010, and a tournament title in 2011. She improved their standing in conference rankings each season she coached at Montreat. In 2010, her team set a Montreat volleyball record with a program best 28 wins. Her team participated in the NAIA National Championships Opening Round in 2011. She led her team to at least 25 victories in each of her last three season at Montreat.

Prior to coaching at Montreat, Mooberry coached at Newfane (N.Y.) High School. She also coached the Western New York Stars Volleyball Club team.

Union Director of Athletics Tommy Sadler said, “We are very excited to have Christine Mooberry to lead our volleyball program. She has been successful at every level she has coached and has a great work ethic. Coach Mooberry will not only help our student-athletes sharpen their volleyball skills, but also help them grow academically and spiritually as young women.”

Mooberry played volleyball at the high school and club levels in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She played college volleyball for two seasons at the University of Saint Francis (Ill.). While there, she helped lead her teams to back-to-back Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament titles. Mooberry was named a scholar athlete and was named to the Dean’s List in both 1998 and 1999.

Mooberry then transferred to the Moody Bible Institute where she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in sports ministry. While at the Moody Bible Institute, she earned numerous volleyball awards, including six all-tournament awards, two tournament MVPs, and NCCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament in 1999 and 2000. She served as team captain and also earned the Most Inspirational Award while playing in the Grace Bible College Volleyball Classic. Mooberry earned the President’s Award and was named the Moody Bible Institute Female Athlete of the Year for 2000-01.

After graduation, Mooberry (then Simmons) and her husband Scott were married in June of 2001 and moved to Newfane. Her first job was an assistant coach position for Wilson (N.Y.) High School for one year, before taking the head coaching job at Newfane High School. During her six years as head coach at Newfane, she posted a 92-26 record and was a perfect 48-0 in conference play over the last four years. They earned four conference titles and were Section VI state finalist from 2004-07.

Mooberry founded the Western New York Stars USA Volleyball Club in 2002, which provided opportunities for both athletic development and ministry impact.

Mooberry is a USAV Level II Certified Coach through the USAV's Coaching Accreditation Program, an International Sports Sciences Association Certified Fitness Trainer, and a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. In addition, she holds a New York State coaching certification. She was published in the June/July 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Coaching Volleyball magazine. Mooberry also holds a Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a Coaching emphasis through Georgia Southern University.


Steven Aldridge
Phone: (731) 661-5027
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