CANDACE MOATS


HEAD COACH

As a coach I want to "finish the race well" being everything God wants me to be and allowing Him to do everything He wants to do through me. Finishing well is not measured by awards or recognition but by my willingness to listen to God's voice, focus on what He is up to with me, my teams and/or individual athletes, and believe in the end that I was used fully to impact people's lives for Christ.

What do I value in my player's lives? Honesty and openness to struggle in their journey of knowing God, strive for excellence in their volleyball skills and life skills, accept their teammates and learn how to communicate effectively in relationships, and effect people's lives as they go out and mentor others."

Coach Moats' accomplishments in volleyball began at Norris High School in Firth, Nebraska where she was an outstanding volleyball and track athlete. Moats won the state meet four years in a row in the mile and half-mile, and continues to hold records in track and volleyball.

Moats received a full-ride volleyball and track scholarship to the University of Nebraska - Omaha. After one year she transferred to Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota where her team won three National Championships. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Coaching while at Crown.

Moats then went on to earn a Masters in Athletic Administration at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In 1984 Moats began her coaching career at Crown College. She coached volleyball for 11 years, taught Physical Education for six years, and served as Crown's Athletic Director for four years.

In 1995 Coach Moats moved to Winona Lake, Indiana to teach Physical Education and coach volleyball, before moving to Indiana Wesleyan in 2002.

Some of Coach Moats' accomplishments include:

  • One NAIA Regional VIII Championship
  • Seven trips to the NAIA National Tournament
  • Five NCCAA National Championships
  • Seven NCCAA Regional Championships
  • Four NCCAA National Coach of the Year awards
  • 12 Crossroads League/MCC championships
  • Seven consecutive MCC Tournament championships (2002-08), 12 overall
  • Five Crossroads League/MCC Coach of the Year awards
  • Three years as MCC Volleyball chairperson and eight years as a NAIA national rater
  • NCCAA National Volleyball Chair for 10 years
  • NCCAA National Board, Member at-Large for four years
  • NAIA Region VIII Volleyball Chair for seven years
  • NAIA Volleyball Committee (President - one year; Vice President -one year)
  • CAP (Coaching Accreditation Program) Level Three Certified in Volleyball
  • Career volleyball coaching record : 839 wins and 350 losses (522-195 at IWU)