NC Central announces new head men’s basketball coach

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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University announced alumnus LeVelle Moton as the 17th men’s basketball head coach in school history during a press conference this afternoon in the William Jones Building on the NCCU campus.

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University announced alumnus LeVelle Moton as the 17th men’s basketball head coach in school history during a press conference this afternoon in the William Jones Building on the NCCU campus.

A former standout shooting guard for the NCCU Eagles from 1992-96, Moton returned to his alma mater as assistant men’s basketball coach in July 2007, serving in that capacity for the past two seasons as NCCU continues its reclassification as an NCAA Division I program.

Moton’s appointment is a five-year term beginning April 1, with an annual salary of $100,000.

“We are pleased that we were able to identify a new head coach from within the Eagle family,” said NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms. “Coach Moton has a long-standing history with our basketball program and will continue to bring exceptional leadership in this role.”

“As a former member of our winning basketball teams, Coach Moton has a deep desire to bring back a high level of excitement among NCCU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree. “Coach Moton is dedicated to academic success and understands the important role he will play as a role model for our studentathletes. He is a person with integrity and character, who has a tireless work ethic and is a great teacher of the game. His connection with the local community will greatly enhance the visibility of not only the athletics department, but the University as well.”

Moton joined the NCCU staff after serving as head boys basketball coach at Sanderson High School in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. During his three-year tenure (2004-07) at Sanderson, Moton led the Spartans to an overall record of 59-25, while winning back-to-back Cap-7 tournament championships in 2006 and 2007.

A 1996 graduate of NCCU with a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, Moton became the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,714 points during his historic hardwood career as an Eagle from 1992- 96, earning the nickname “Poetry ‘n Moton.”

During his junior and senior seasons, Moton was voted All-CIAA First Team, NCAA Division II South Atlantic All-Region First Team and NCAA Division II All-America Honorable Mention. He was named the 1996 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

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