DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's official: Moss is new basketball boss

If Xavier’s new head varsity basketball coach looks a bit familiar, there is a reason.
Stephen Moss coached the Gators for part of the 2014-15 season, starting the year at the freshman and junior-varsity levels and taking over the varsity on an interim basis at mid-season when some changes were made at that level.
He guided XCP to the brink of the Division I playoffs despite the fact that the team had to endure some injuries to key players.
According to Xavier Athletic Director Sr. Lynn Winsor, the hiring committee received 19 applications for the position, screened the applications and interviewed five candidates.
Moss’ experience and willingness to spend an extended amount of time rebuilding the entire basketball program were some of the reasons he was offered the position, Winsor said.
With Moss leading the way, Xavier will host a summer basketball camp, have two or three summer-league teams and offer open-gym programs during the school year. The seventh-period basketball PE class also will be continued.

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