Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Air Force promotes Mooney

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – The Air Force Academy promoted Chris
Mooney to head basketball coach on Thursday, one day after Joe Scott accepted
the coaching position at Princeton University.

Mooney, the associate head coach for the past two seasons, is the fifth head
coach in the program’s history.

The 31-year-old Philadelphia native has been with Air Force for four seasons
after a two-year stint at Beaver College, where he helped turn the program

“Like Joe Scott, Chris is an inspirational leader and superb coach,” said
Brigadier Johnny Weida, Commandant of Cadets.

Air Force finished with a 22-7 record in 2003-04, the best record in
school history. The Falcons qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first
time in 42 years this past season, where they lost to North Carolina in the
first round. Air Force finished 12-2 in Mountain West Conference play,
winning its first-ever regular-season title.

The Falcons, who led the nation in scoring defense (50.9 ppg) and finished in
the top 20 nationally in team field-goal percentage and three-pointers per
game, had never finished a season with more than 17 wins before this past