MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State soccer head coach Craig Roberts announced the hiring of Ileana Moschos (ill-ee-AH-nuh MAHS-kiss) to the position of assistant coach. Moschos brings 10 years of coaching experience to the Cardinals and spent the past four years as the top assistant at Missouri Valley Conference power Creighton.
"In a highly-qualified and experience pool of candidates, Ileana clearly represented the traits I believe will be essential in the continued progress of the Ball State soccer program," Roberts said. "She is a diligent and hard-working individual who carries the experience and expertise needed to move our program forward. I believe her mature and experienced insight will serve well in the advancement of our program, both academically and athletically."
Moschos, who was a world-class goalkeeper for the Greek National Team from 2002-04, helped Creighton to a 15-4-2 record last fall and the NCAA Tournament as the Bluejays won the MVC Tournament. Under her guidance, Creighton posted 35 shutouts over the past four years. Last season, the Bluejays finished 33rd in NCAA Division I with 10 shutouts and were 49th in the country with a 0.83 goals against average.
"I am very excited to join the Ball State soccer family," Moschos said. "I believe coach Roberts has tremendous passion and knowledge of the game. He possesses a very dynamic vision to make the Ball State soccer program very successful. I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to coach with him and be part of the future of BSU soccer."
During her time in Omaha, Moschos has coached an All-Conference goalkeeper in three out of four years, including Alicia Montgomery in 2009 and 2010. Under her watchful eye, Montgomery led the MVC in save percentage and goals against average last season while finishing 30th in the nation with a .851 save percentage.
In 2009, Creighton posted a school-record 11 shutouts and an 0.60 goals against average, as no opponent scored more than two goals against the Jays. The Bluejays ranked seventh in the NCAA with a .879 save percentage and 13th with an 0.60 goals against average.
Moschos has been a coach at the collegiate level since 1998 having worked in seven different programs. She served as an assistant coach at Creighton, Florida State, Iowa State, North Texas, Sacramento State, Wyoming and Davidson. In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, she coached the Olympic Development Program in Dallas from 2002-04 and the ODP in Nebraska from 2007-2011.
At Florida State, Moschos helped the Seminoles advance to the College Cup in 2006. She coached FSU goalkeeper Ali Mims, as she set the Seminoles' season record for goals against average (0.65) and shutouts (11). At Iowa State, she was part of the 2005 Big 12 Coaching Staff of the Year after the Cyclones earned a program-best second-place finish in the Big 12 and a bid into the NCAA Tournament.
After her collegiate playing career, Moschos was a member of the Greek National Team when it hosted the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. She was named the Most Valuable Goalkeeper in the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) in 2002 while playing for the California Storm. She was also invited to the first-ever Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) combine and draft.
Moschos earned her bachelor's degree in business economics from Wofford College in 1998 after being a four-year letterwinner for the Terriers. A team captain, she earned All-Southern Conference Tournament accolades in 1997 and was an NSCAA All-South selection in 1996.
Moschos has received her premier, advanced national and national diplomas from the NSCAA. She has been an NSCAA licensed goalkeeping coach since 2000. In 2000, she earned a master's degree from Wyoming in physical and health education and kinesiology.