Jaguar Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann announced Richard Moodie as head soccer coach at the University of South Alabama in January. Moodie led Carson-Newman to a 36-7-1 record and a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances over the last two seasons.
Moodie comes to USA after directing Carson-Newman’s men’s soccer program to a 59-44-9 overall mark — including 35-21 in South Atlantic Conference action — the last six years while guiding the women’s team to a 48-38-7 mark in the last five seasons. In addition to leading Carson-Newman’s women to back-to-back league regular-season and tournament titles, Moodie helped the men advance to the NCAA Tournament championship match in 2013.
“We were fortunate to have a tremendous pool of candidates for this position who all possessed impressive experience and accomplishments,” said Erdmann. “The selection of Coach Moodie was driven by a combination of factors including his history of successfully and simultaneously leading two programs, his teaching and leadership style, his recruiting philosophy and success, his vision for the South Alabama soccer program, and his inherent energy and passion for the sport of soccer and the coaching profession.”
During the 2016 season, Moodie led the Eagle women to a 17-4-1 finish after earning a first-round NCAA Tournament victory. Carson-Newman claimed a share of the SAC regular-season title with an 8-2-1 mark, then won the tournament title while outscoring the opposition 9-1 in three matches. Moodie was named the CaptainU National Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles’ men’s squad to the NCAA championship match in 2013 as they finished the year with a 16-6-1 mark. That was part of a four-year stretch during which Carson-Newman went 28-9-5 in South Atlantic play, with the Eagles ending up 9-2 in the conference and 15-3-2 overall, sharing the regular-season title in 2015. That season, Moodie was named SAC Coach of the Year while two individuals received all-region recognition and nine received league honors.
“I’ve spent all my days at Carson-Newman — I went to school, met my wife, and raised my family there — but for my family and my career this was the best decision. It’s hard to put into words why South Alabama is special, but once you step onto campus you can see it and you can feel it. It’s a great place to be and is destined for many more successes across the board,” says Moodie. “I would like to thank Dr. Erdmann, Jinni Frisbey, and the South Alabama administration for this opportunity and their belief in me.”
Moodie takes over a Jaguar women’s program that has a 66-18-7 record overall and 29-5-2 mark in the Sun Belt Conference over the last four years. USA has been to four straight NCAA Tournaments.