Moren named IU women’s basketball coach

Indiana University announced Teri Moren as its new women’s basketball coach on Saturday night. Here’s the official release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced the hiring of Seymour, Ind., native Teri Moren as head coach of the IU women’s basketball program. He called this afternoon to offer her the position and she accepted immediately. Moren still holds records at Seymour High School, was an Indiana All Star, a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Purdue under women’s basketball hall of famer Lin Dunn and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. After holding assistant coaching positions at Butler and Northwestern, Moren served as head coach at the University of Indianapolis and as the associate head coach at Georgia Tech. She spent the last five seasons as head coach at Indiana State University where she led the Sycamores to their first 20-win season in eight years in 2013-14.

“We are thrilled that Teri Moren will be leading Indiana women’s basketball,” Glass said. “Not unlike our recent head baseball coaching search, we were very pleased with the extremely high caliber of coaches who expressed interest in this position. Teri emerged early in the process as a lead candidate and I am confident with her at the helm, the future of Indiana women’s basketball is very bright.”

An avid IU fan growing up in Seymour, Moren was selected as head coach after a comprehensive national search led by Glass who worked in consultation with the Search Advisory Committee, consisting of key administrators, support staff and junior guard Nicole Bell, who served as the student-athlete representative to the committee. Glass and the committee reviewed dozens of potential candidates, performed extensive research and reference checks on a handful or so, and had three sitting head coaches, including Teri, on campus to interview with Glass and the committee.

“This is an unbelievable day for me and my family,” Moren said. “It is a dream come true. I’m an Indiana kid who dreamed of having an opportunity like this and today it is happening for me. I’m very grateful and blessed to become a part of the IU family.”

In her four years at Indiana State, Moren guided the Sycamores from a middle of the pack Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) team in her first year, to a conference championship program in 2013-14, including a postseason tournament appearance in the WNIT. Last year, point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir earned MVC Newcomer of the Year recognition as senior Anna Munn was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Twice in her four years, Moren led the Sycamores to a WNIT berth while six players have earned All-MVC honors during her time at ISU.

ISU finished with a 20-12 record in 2013-14, the program’s first 20-win season in eight years and just the fifth 20-win campaign in school history. With a 14-4 record in conference games, Moren’s Sycamores won a share of the regular season MVC title and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the MVC Tournament. Moren led Indiana State to six-straight victories and seven wins in eight games to end the regular season last year to secure a share of the MVC crown. It was only the third time in program history that ISU won a regular season conference championship and first since 2006.

In 2012-13, Moren’s Sycamores finished with an 18-13 record, the program’s most wins in six years at the time. ISU went 10-8 in conference play, its most MVC victories in four seasons, to finish fourth in the MVC standings. The Sycamores would go on to play in the WNIT for the first time since 2006. Moren’s 2012-13 team set a program record for fewest points allowed per game (55.5 ppg) while holding 10 opponents to less than 50 points.

In her second year at ISU in 2011-12, Moren led the Sycamores to a fifth place finish in the MVC. During her first year at the helm in 2010-11, Moren won the most games by a first year coach in ISU history as the Sycamores played into the semifinals of the 2011 MVC Tournament.

Prior to ISU, Moren was associate head coach at Georgia Tech. In each of her three years there, the Yellow Jackets made an NCAA Tournament appearance and won 22 or more games each season.

Moren began her head coaching career just up the road at the University of Indianapolis. She spent seven seasons at UIndy beginning in 2000-01. The 2003 WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year in NCAA Division II, her teams went to three consecutive NCAA Division II Tournaments and earned Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2002-03. That squad finished with a 29-3 record overall and an 18-2 mark in conference play.

Moren began her coaching career in 1992-93 at Butler as an assistant coach for six years, leading the Bulldogs to three 20-win seasons. Moren then spent two years as an assistant at Northwestern.

A 1992 graduate of Purdue University, Moren earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. She was part of three NCAA Tournament teams and Purdue’s first Big Ten championship.

Moren graduated from Seymour High School in 1987. She led the Owls to four sectional titles, two regional championships, a semi-state win and a 1987 state finals appearance. She was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on April 26, 2014.

15 comments

  1. Hoping she’s the blacksheep of the family against the team up north. I trust Mr. Glass and the entire committee did the best job possible.

  2. But my question is, did Mr. Glass hire Moren with the understanding of retaining the current assistants? I personally would hope the staff stays intact. The team is very comfortable with Miller’s assistants. This was not addressed in the post. What’s up?

  3. I’m guessing she’ll cover that when she gets here. Channel 10 tweeted that she was on her way with ISU team to Costa Rica when she got the offer.

  4. Very disappointed in this hire. Some things just shouldn’t be done — one is hire a Purdue grad to coach at IU. That just should not happen. Terrible decision by Fred Glass.

  5. Purdue grads have landed on the moon, designed WW II aircraft, run universities, been one of our greatest senators but noooo, they can’t coach women’s basketball at IU. Dumb comments make me ashamed to be an IU grad.

  6. Although I am not crazy about her being a Purdue grad, I would like to see fans give her the benifit of the doubt. My wife and I went to the IU-Indiana St. Game this past year in Terre Haute. I can tell you one thing about Teri Moren, her team played incredible defense against our Hoosiers in this game but, we were able to pull it out at the end.

    The decision has been made, so it is up to us women’s basketball fans to fully support our team and the coaches. I would still hope that Brandi Poole and Kevin Eckart are retained as assistants so as to make this an easier transition for the players. Both coaches are terrific recruiters. This may be wishful thinking on my part because most coaches who are hired are usually able to bring in their own assistants. I do know that AD Glass was wanting to keep the assistants but, we will see?

    Welcome to IU Teri, I hope you are able to keep up the incredible momentum within the IU women’s program. Go Hoosiers!

  7. So let me try to follow your reasoning on this; if IU could have hired Coach Wooden in 1959 we should not have done so because he graduated from Purdue? But I don’t much like OH St as well as Purdue. So hiring Bob Knight was a bad decision? This is nonsense thinking! Good luck Coach Moren! GO IU Women!

  8. Good looking coach…as good as hire as Curt Miller. Grew up close to IU…this was an excellent hire…she and her staff that she assembles will do well.

  9. BeatPurdue, very appropriate response to the post by HoosierDaddy, as I said, I am a little dissapointed but, give her a chance and let’s see what we have? I would hope that if our record is not as good as last year that all you hear is not” I told you so!” Even if coach Miller would have returned this year, matching last year could have been a problem due to our lack of size. This will be an issue all year long. This will be a young athletic small team. Let’s see how coach Moren approaches things.

  10. OK, after reading more about Ms. Moren, I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and wish her well. I still don’t like hiring a Purdue grad because of the Versyp situation. I only hope Moren actually is committed to IU — as Versyp said she was. Perhaps Moren can become Fred Wilt in reverse (Know who Fred Wilt was? He won two NCAA cross country titles at IU and later had success coaching at PU) … And please don’t bring up John Wooden anymore. You do realize that Sam Gilbert was paying his players and buying them cars, etc., don’t you? I have no doubt that Wooden was a fine coach, but you can’t win without good players and many of those great ones (Kareem, for example) have said they wouldn’t have gone to UCLA if it weren’t for Gilbert’s pockets.

  11. ‘ t ‘, I’m confused. Are you also ‘TJ in Texas’ ? This ‘t’ sounds rather positive and understanding about developments. Kind of totally opposite of ‘I know best’ and ‘do it my way’ and ‘Crean said the sky is blue but he’s wrong – it’s purple’ as ‘TJ Texas’ would say.

    Guess I answered my own question. Two different people.

  12. Only one person even touched on the Versup situation which had a very big neg. effect on the women’s bb program for years.
    Maybe most of you were in Middle School then and don’t remember that Versup too “Gave her word” that she was at IU for the long haul and “was honored” to be hired. If your thought is “Come on. It was her alma mater”, you’ve taken my point.
    If you are old enough to remember Versup’s response to Greenspan’s question about leaving IU for PU, she also gave a “No problem” reply. Moren’s laughter in response to the seriousness of the buy-out clause is enough to make you nervous. Any IU head job should be a coaching terminus and not just a destination.
    This not a Purdue thing but an alma mater out there lurking thing.

  13. @Gunner….Purdue grads have done all u say but they will also screw IU in a heartbeat…see “Versup” she was there and gone so fast i don’t even know how to spell her name ….lol 🙂

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