Mooney leaving Air Force for Richmond
Richmond, VA (Sports Network) – The University of Richmond named Chris
Mooney the new head coach of its men’s basketball team on Friday.
Mooney, who was the head coach at Air Force last season, succeeds Jerry
Wainwright, who left Richmond a little over a week ago to accept the same
position at DePaul.
Mooney, a 32-year-old native of Philadelphia, had been an assistant with Air
Force for four years before taking over for Joe Scott on April 22, 2004.
Mooney also had a two-year stint at Beaver College, where he helped turn the
In his first year at the helm at Air Force, Mooney guided the Falcons to an
18-12 record, marking the school’s first back-to-back winning seasons since
1975-76. However, they lost in the first round of the Mountain West Conference
tournament and did not get an NCAA Tournament bid.
Air Force had gone 22-7 under Scott in 2003-04, while winning the Mountain
West regular- season championship and earning the school’s first trip to the
NCAA Tournament since 1962. Scott, though, left after the season for
Richmond, which went 15-14 overall and 8-8 in Atlantic 10 Conference play,
returns a strong nucleus including all-conference center Kevin Steenberge.
Also in the running for the Spiders job was North Carolina assistant Steve
Robinson, who was believed to be the favorite but reportedly was hesitant to
commit because of family reasons. Richmond assistant Mike Winiecki and former
NBA player and Richmond star, Johnny Newman were also under consideration.
Air Force, meanwhile, has yet to comment on Mooney’s departure and has no
immediate plans on hiring a new coach.