Teri Moren unveils new IU women’s basketball staff

Teri Moren’s women’s basketball staff at Indiana is finally in place. The new IU coach has retained Curtis Loyd, while bringing former Indiana State assistant Rhet Wierzba and former Lenior-Rhyne coach Todd Starkey to Bloomington.

Loyd was hired as an associate head coach by Curt Miller in May and served as Indiana’s interim coach following Miller’s abrupt resignation in July. His title under Moren is listed as an assistant coach.

Wierzba joined Moren at Indiana State last year, helping the Sycamores to a Missouri Valley Conference championship. He was an assistant at Mercer for three seasons prior to that after serving as the directer of operations at Maryland for three years.

Starkey is a former Division II National Coach of the Year at Lenior-Rhyne, where he is the winningest coach in program history.

As mentioned before, Liz Honegger, Briana Bass and Amanda Hyde will also remain on staff in support roles.

We’ll have our first chance to meet with Moren and her assistants on Wednesday afternoon at Assembly Hall. You can read the full release from Indiana after the jump.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head women’s basketball coach Teri Moren announced her coaching staff for 2014-15 on Tuesday. Curtis Loyd will remain on staff and will be joined by Rhet Wierzba and Todd Starkey as assistant coaches for Moren.

“Putting a talented staff together was my number one priority upon taking this job,” Moren said. “I’m excited for our players to have the opportunity to work with these high character individuals. Curtis, Rhet and Todd will bring passion, energy, experience and a commitment to help our program be successful. It is fair to say that none of us look at this as a job, but as an opportunity to be working at one of the finest academic and athletic institutions in the country. I can speak for all of us when I say we are all humbled and excited to call ourselves Indiana Hoosiers.”

Loyd has been in Bloomington since May and has 18 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently spending four seasons on staff at Minnesota with two years as an assistant coach and two years as associate head coach. He oversaw the Gopher defense during his tenure and in 2013-14. Minnesota led the Big Ten, ranked 32nd nationally and set a school record for field goal defense (.369). The Gophers ranked second in the conference in scoring defense (63.5 ppg).

Minnesota won 18 or more games in each of his last three seasons with the program while making postseason appearances in each of those years. Loyd was instrumental in the recruitment of the Big Ten’s leading scorer last season and two-time first team all-conference player Rachel Banham as well as 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Amanda Zahui B.

Prior to Minnesota, Loyd also had assistant coaching stints at Akron, Virginia, Arizona and Colorado State. During his one year at Akron, the Zips posted an 18-14 record, a seven-win improvement for the program from the prior year. At Virginia, The Cavaliers made national postseason tournament appearances in each of his five seasons, including three NCAA appearances in 2005, 2008 and 2009. He oversaw the posts at Arizona and coached five All-Pac-10 frontcourt players. In 1997-98 at CSU, the Rams earned an NCAA Tournament berth and finished with a 24-6 record. In 1998-99, Colorado State played into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 33-3 record. CSU ended the year ranked No. 7 nationally.

“I’m pleased that Curtis remained a part of our staff,” Moren said. “He brings 18 years of coaching experience in the ACC, Pac -12, Mountain West, MAC and most recently the Big Ten. Curtis has a tremendous reputation of being an outstanding recruiter and is well respected by his colleagues. He will bring a familiarity to the Big Ten for us that will only help us as we prepare for some of the best teams in the country.”

Wierzba comes to IU after being part of Moren’s staff at Indiana State last season. While at ISU, he helped lead the Sycamores to a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championship in 2013-14, the program’s first since 2006. ISU also made a WNIT appearance during his year in Terre Haute. Wierzba was in charge of recruiting and development of post players at Indiana State.

Before ISU, Wierzba was an assistant coach at Mercer for three seasons and helped improve that program from a combined eight wins from 2010-12 to a 20-12 overall record in 2012-13 and a trip to the postseason for the first time since 1985.

Wierzba is no stranger to one of the newest members of the Big Ten as he spent three years on staff at Maryland as the director of operations (2007-10). During his tenure in College Park, Wierzba was part of two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances and an ACC championship.

A Farmington, Ill. native, Wierzba got his start at his alma mater, Austin Peay, spending one season with the Governors (2004-05) as a graduate assistant. As a player at Austin Peay, Wierzba helped the Governors to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference titles, while making an NCAA appearance in 2003 and a NIT berth the year after. He was a team captain for two years and was named OVC Scholar Athlete his senior year. Wierzba also served as director of operations on the men’s side at the University of Evansville for two seasons (2005-07).

“I’m excited that Rhet has decided to join me here at Indiana after spending a year on our staff at ISU,” Moren Said. “Rhet’s passion for the game is infectious and our players will benefit from his energy level each day. He prides himself in his organization, attention to detail and comes from a sound basketball family. His Father was a successful high school coach in the state of Illinois and his brother Ben is currently a men’s assistant at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.”

Starkey, a former NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year and four-time Southern Atlantic Conference (SAC) Coach of the Year, just wrapped up his ninth season as head coach at Lenior-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. in 2013-14, where he is the winningest coach in program history and led the program to three conference regular season championships, including last year. During his last six seasons at Lenior-Rhyne, Starkey compiled a record of 124-52 (.705) while averaging over 20 wins per season and winning 19 or more games in five of those six years.

Starkey led the Bears to a 24-7 record last year and the program’s fourth NCAA Division II Playoff berth in six years. Lenior-Rhyne also won the SAC regular season title with a 17-5 mark in conference play and was named conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time in six seasons.

In 2008-09, Starkey led Lenoir-Rhyne to one of its greatest seasons in school history, finishing the year with a 27-5 record while capturing the SAC regular season and tournament titles. The Bears hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and advanced to the semifinals of the tournament. At season’s end, Starkey was named the 2009 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. During his nine years, Starkey had an overall record of 165-95 at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Prior to being the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, Starkey spent two years as an assistant coach for L-R’s men’s program (2002-04), helping lead the team to the 2004 SAC regular season championship and a NCAA playoff berth. He also spent five seasons as an assistant for the men’s basketball program at Montreat College (1998-03) where he helped the Cavaliers to an NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2000.

“I feel very fortunate that Todd is joining us at Indiana,” Moren said. “Todd has spent the last nine years as a successful head coach. He brings experience and a commitment to the well being of our student-athletes. Our philosophies and how we see the game are very similar and that excites me as we strive to build a championship program.”

Liz Honegger, Briana Bass and Amanda Hyde will remain on Indiana’s staff under Moren. Honegger begins her third year as director of basketball operations. Bass is in her second year with the program, but her first in a full-time role as assistant to the director of operations. Hyde begins her first year as graduate assistant.

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