Yesterday, Indiana University hired Indiana State's Teri Moren to be the next head coach of its women's basketball team. Moren's hiring concluded a two-week long coaching search that began when Curt Miller abruptly resigned on July 25. Moren's credentials as a coach with the Sycamores, along with her strong ties to the Hoosier State, distinguished her early on as one of the favorites to land the position.
Moren comes to the Hoosiers from Indiana State, where she coached the Sycamores for the past four seasons. Most recently, she led the Sycamores to a 20-win season last year, as they earned a berth in the WNIT. Additionally, the Indiana native's playing and coaching career has taken her to several stops around the Hoosier State. Moren grew up in Seymour, Indiana, where she was a high school standout, leading Seymour to a state finals berth in 1987. Moren was also an "avid IU fan" growing up, according to the University's official press release. After high school, she played at Purdue, helping the Boilers make three NCAA tournament berths during her time there. Moren has also been the head coach at D-II University of Indianapolis, and was formerly an assistant at Butler. As a result, she has experience at several universities across Indiana, and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame back in April. Moren also has experience with schools outside the state, including a stint as the top assistant at Georgia Tech before going to ISU.
Moren inherits a young roster on the Hoosiers, along with several heralded recruits. The most notable incoming freshman on her team will be Tyra Buss, who was named Illinois' Ms. Basketball last season, and was recently awarded Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. In addition, The Hoosiers are coming off one of their most successful seasons ever, tying a school record with 21 wins and making the Elite 8 of the WNIT tournament.
Due to Miller's abrupt resignation, the women's head basketball coach position was the second surprise vacancy of the summer, along with Tracy Smith leaving IU baseball for the Arizona State job. Like he did with the baseball vacancy, Fred Glass wasted no time in picking a proven successor with ties to the area to take over the women's hoops job. Let's hope that Moren can pick up right where the team left off last year, and maintain the successful rebuilding effort that's been going on with the team.