Starkville Academy hires Mosley as softball coach
Kayla Mosley loves the idea of serving her country as a member of the Air National Guard.
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Now she gets to serve the Starkville Academy Volunteers as their head softball coach and assistant girls basketball coach.
Starkville Academy announced the hiring Wednesday afternoon and Mosley met with the team later in the day.
"I didn't even look (in Oxford) for a job," Mosley said. "Starkville was the first place I looked. Starkville Academy is one of the better schools around this area and I'm extremely excited to work here."
Starkville Academy athletic director and head girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt is glad Mosley became interested in the Vols.
Mosley takes over for Jessica Dickens, who left SA to take the same position at Winston Academy.
Schmidt wanted to make sure to find the right person to take over both positions of head softball coach and assistant girls basketball coach.
"I was trying to make sure we covered both bases literally with softball and basketball," Schmidt said. "It was important to me that we continue the success we were having in both of these programs.
"Knowing coach Mosley as I've gotten to know her, she'll do everything to be prepared for what she's about to do from her teaching to her coaching. It's an important thing for all of us when we hire coaches that they realize they are teachers and educators first. In hiring her, we have ensured ourselves of that."
Mosley, who is a native of Scooba, went to high school at Kemper Academy and understands how an academy system works. She's on the same page with Schmidt.
"(Schmidt) had an idea of what she was looking for," Mosley said. "Basketball is a very important thing here too which I'll be an assistant with that. She's not just looking for a softball coach, but looking for basketball, softball and someone to teach as well. I'm thrilled to do all three. What we were thinking matched real well."
Mosley's background is one of the things that caught Schmidt's attention.
During her softball career with the Rebels from 2004-06, Mosley was introduced to the outfield and how to hit lefthanded.
Mosley injured her foot during her sophomore season and had surgery to repair it the next season, ending her playing career.
Now she's anxious to use her experience as a player to help the Lady Vols continue the progress started under Dickens.
Mosley spent part of the afternoon with Dickens watching the girls basketball team practice prior to meeting the softball squad.
"Coach Dickens has done a good job the last couple of years with the program and we actually grew up playing ball together when we were younger so we have similar philosophies," Mosley said. "I learned a lot more when I went to Ole Miss as far as fundamentals. That's something I'm happy to be bringing here to Starkville Academy."