Former South Charleston and WVU Tech soccer and basketball player Hunter Moles has been named the new head coach at Charleston Catholic, with his official hire being made on Friday. Moles takes over for Matt Morrison, who was let go of earlier this year.
While at WVU Tech, Moles was part of two United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship teams in men’s soccer in 2013 and 2014, earning an first-team All-America nod at goalkeeper in 2014.
He was also a key contributor for the men’s basketball program under Bob Williams, who stepped down as coach of the Golden Bears this year. Williams, whose son Robby graduated from Charleston Catholic this year after a standout prep career on the hardwood, has little doubt that Moles will make a positive impact at Catholic.
“He has always been such a high-IQ athlete,” Williams said. “He’s always paid attention to detail, he’s very intense and a tremendous competitor. He was a winner at WVU Tech. He’s won a lot of games. At SC, he was willing to do things a lot of other kids weren’t – take charges, make hustle plays, make teammates better – and you’ve got to have those kids on a team to win.
“I think he’ll do an excellent job at Charleston Catholic. He’s young, but he’s very mature for his age. I’m not surprised that he interviewed very well. He’s very well spoken and very intelligent. His teams will be tough, they’ll play defense, they’ll play together.”
Moles was offered an assistant job under Williams prior to last season but had to turn it down to finish his master’s degree in business administration.
Over the past two seasons, Moles served as a boys basketball assistant to Vic Herbert at South Charleston and also was an assistant for the Black Eagles boys soccer team a year ago. Moles believes his experience in multiple sports will help moving forward, especially with a roster featuring multiple soccer and basketball players.
“I think it does help,” the 24-year-old said. “I have a lot of guys that play both sports and I can help them with that, transitioning from season to season, staying in shape but knowing how and when to get rest. It also gave me more coaches to play for and learn from.”
As for what to expect when the Irish hit the floor, Moles said he hopes to combine lessons learned from several coaches throughout his playing career, including Williams and Herbert.
“Those guys had a big role in my coaching career,” Moles said. “I’ll try to take what I like from all the coaches I’ve had and brand it into my own coaching style.
“Not everybody can get up and pressure [defensively], that takes a lot of effort. I kind of like to play uptempo on the offensive side, run and push the ball. Defensively we’ll probably do a lot of different things. Once I get to see the guys and see their strengths and weaknesses I’ll probably have a better idea. And whoever you’re playing, you’ve got to make adjustments. I’m looking forward to seeing what works best for us.”
Catholic finished 14-11 a year ago, falling at Greenbrier West in a Class A Region 3 co-final.