|High School:||Archbishop Ryan|
|As a Division I Head Coach|
|Richmond (2005-present)||203-162 (.556), 96-82 (.539)|
|Air Force (2004-05)||18-12 (.600), 9-5 (.643)|
|Overall (Div. I)||221-174 (.559), 105-87 (.546)|
|Head Coach, Richmond, 2005-present|
|Head Coach, Air Force, 2004-05|
|Associate Head Coach, Air Force, 2003-04|
|Assistant Coach, Air Force, 2000-03|
|Head Coach, Arcadia University (Div. III), 1998-00|
In 2016-17, head coach Chris Mooney begins his 12th season at the helm of the Richmond Spider men’s basketball program.
Mooney now ranks second all-time in the Spider record books with a career record of 203-162 at Richmond for a winning percentage of .556. He is also the fourth longest-tenured coach in the Atlantic 10.
In the spring of 2015, Mooney earned his 200th overall win as a Division I head coach, moving to 221-174 (.559) in 12 seasons at Richmond and Air Force.
He has led the Spiders to six postseason appearances, including NCAA Tournament trips in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and a trip to the NIT Quarterfinals in 2014-15. In the spring of 2011, Mooney’s Spiders made national headlines en route to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, knocking off five-seed Vanderbilt and Morehead State in the process. Richmond finished both the 2010 and 2011 seasons ranked in the Top 25.
Richmond has averaged 20.8 wins over the last eight seasons, with four 20-win campaigns. Playing an always-tough schedule in and out of conference, the Spiders have finished in the top 100 of the RPI in five of the last seven campaigns. UR has also tallied 13 wins over ranked opponents since 2008, more than any other Atlantic 10 program. The Spiders have also won six of the last seven games against ranked teams at the Robins Center.
Since 2008, the Spiders have gone 87-62 against A-10 opponents, tallying more conference wins than any other league team over that stretch. UR is one of just four A-10 teams to not suffer an overall losing season in the last nine years.
Richmond has 18 wins over BCS teams in the last decade with many of them nationally ranked. UR has knocked off California, Arizona State, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Purdue, Florida, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Mississippi State, St. John's, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Seton Hall.
Mooney’s teams have protected their home court, going 89-25 for a winning percentage of .780 over the last seven seasons at the Robins Center. In 2015-16, UR averaged 6,435 fans per game, the highest home attendance since 1992-93.
In terms of personal accolades, Mooney was tabbed the Sporting News Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2010, while also being selected as a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award that year as well. He has been featured in many national publications, including the New York Times, USA Today and Sports Illustrated, while also doing segments on ESPN.
In 2010, he won the Voice of the University Award, given to a faculty or staff member for being a voice that represents the University of Richmond in a positive manner to the wider community. That same year, Richmond Style Weekly tabbed him for the 40 Under 40 list, spotlighting UR’s community involvement with the homeless, Special Olympics, Arthritis Foundation, Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and the ASK Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. For the last four years, Mooney has headlined the Coaches' Cookoff which raises money for Max's Positive Vibe Cafe, a non-profit dedicated to training and employing people with learning disabilities.
Mooney has coached 10 Atlantic 10 All-Conference players and seen one player, Justin Harper, drafted to the NBA. 16 former players have gone on to play professionally overseas, including at least one from 10 of the last 11 graduating classes.
2015-16 saw the Spiders make waves in non-conference play before running up against a tough Atlantic 10 slate. Richmond knocked off No. 14 Cal, Wake Forest and Northern Iowa in November and December. UR put together its best scoring average (76.6) since 1980, and set a new school record with 16.6 assists per game, ranking 18th in the country. Richmond also finished fourth in the country in assist to turnover ratio and 18th in field goal percentage. For the second consecutive season, UR was top 20 in fewest turnovers.
T.J. Cline and Terry Allen were both tabbed All-Atlantic 10 Third Team as Cline ranked in the top 10 in the league in points, field goal percentage and assists. Allen was top 10 in rebounds and steals, and was also an NABC All-District Second Teamer.
The 2014-15 season was a return to form for the Spiders as Mooney's squad put together a record of 21-14, including 12-6 in the Atlantic 10 to place fourth. Richmond finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak, and was one of the "Last Four Out" of the NCAA Tournament at-large field, thereby securing the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage in the NIT. Richmond raced to the NIT Quarterfinals with a win over St. Francis (BK) and Arizona State before falling by just two points to Miami.
Senior Kendall Anthony wrapped up an incredible career that saw him break the school's all-time three-pointers record and earn All-Atlantic 10 First Team, NABC All-District First Team and VaSID All-State First Team in 2015.
From the fall of 2011 through 2014, the Spiders had to restock after the graduations of valuable pieces to UR’s NCAA runs. In 2013-14, Richmond looked to a youthful core to finish the season at 19-14 after senior leader Cedrick Lindsay went down with a season-ending injury in the middle of the conference slate. As a junior, Anthony stepped up to average more than 15 points a game and earn a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team.
In 2012-13, the Spiders reached the postseason after going 8-8 in A-10 play to tie for eighth place in the conference. Richmond earned a bid to the CBI and advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Bryant in the first round. In the year prior, Richmond went 16-16 while tying for ninth in the conference.
2009-10 and 2010-11 go down as two of the top seasons in Mooney’s coaching career and in recent Spider basketball history. Richmond finished third in the A-10 regular season standings in both seasons, and reached the conference tournament title game twice, winning it in 2010-11.
In the spring of 2010, Richmond earned its first NCAA at-large bid since 2004, garnering a seven seed before being upset in the first round of the tournament. Mooney was named the 2010 Sporting News Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the 2010 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.
That season, the Spiders finished the season ranked no. 24 in the final top-25 rankings, tallying a 26-9 overall record. The Spiders defeated three ranked teams and piled up non-conference wins over Mississippi State, Missouri and no. 13 Florida.
In 2010-11, Richmond brought the pieces back and finished what they started, defeating Dayton in the A-10 championship game to earn Mooney’s first conference championship, the first and only league title since Richmond joined the Atlantic 10 in 2001.
During the regular season, the Spiders racked up victories over the likes of Purdue, Arizona State, Seton Hall and Wake Forest before dumping no. 24 Temple in the A-10 semifinals.
Richmond advanced to the second Sweet 16 in program history by downing Vanderbilt and Morehead State in the NCAA Denver Subregional. The Spiders’ run came to an end at the hands of Kansas in San Antonio. Richmond set a school record with a 29-8 record, finishing no. 21 in the coaches poll.
|Mooney In The News|
During those years, the Spiders were led by Kevin Anderson, a 2010 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and 2010 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. He was a two-time all-conference first teamer and was named the 2011 A-10 Tournament MVP. He also earned a spot on the 2009 All-Conference Second Team and was named the 2008 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.
Anderson (2007-11) finished his career ranked second all-time at UR with 2,165 points (15.58/game). He still ranks fifth all-time in the A-10 in scoring. His 768 career field goals rank third at Richmond and fifth in the A-10 record book.
Anderson had plenty of help to lead Richmond to national prominence. Justin Harper (2007-11) was a Lute Olson All-American and NABC First Team All-District selection in 2011, while also earning All-Atlantic 10 first team honors. Harper finished with 1,457 career points and 113 career blocks, ranking 11th and eighth, respectively. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, and saw action for the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons.
David Gonvalzez (2006-10) was another prolific scorer for the Spiders, tallying 1,727 points which currently ranks fifth all-time. He was tabbed to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in 2010 and was an honorable mention in 2009, while also making the All-Defensive Team in 2010.
Dan Geriot (2006-11), Kevin Smith (2007-11) and Darien Brothers (2009-13) were also All-Conference selections.
Mooney was hired at the University of Richmond at the end of the 2005 season. He had previously coached at Air Force for five seasons, three as an assistant, one as an associate head coach and his final season as head coach. It was his first head coaching job, and in 2004-05, Mooney led the Falcons to an 18-12 record and votes in the national polls.
His 18 victories were the most by a first-year head coach at Air Force. That season, Air Force ranked second in Division I for fewest turnovers per game (9.8) and third in turnover margin (+6.6).
Mooney’s first college coaching experience came at Division III Beaver College, now known as Arcadia University. He spent two seasons there from 1998-2000. He began coaching at the high school level, taking a job at Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Pa., in 1994. While at Beaver College, Mooney only coached part-time, spending much of his time as an event coordinator. He helped plan weddings, plan events while also serving as the team manager.
A native of Philadelphia, Mooney played collegiately at Princeton (1990-94) under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril. Mooney twice earned the B.F. Bunn Trophy, given annually to the varsity basketball student-athlete who, through sportsmanship, play and influence, contributed most to the sport at the school.
He finished second for Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman, honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore, First-Team All-Ivy League as a junior and Second-Team All-Ivy his final season.
A 1994 graduate with a B.A. in English, Mooney led Princeton to the NCAA Tournament twice following a pair of conference titles. The four-year letterwinner amassed 1,071 points, which ranks 20th on Princeton's all-time scoring list, and started all 107 games in his career. He currently ranks seventh on Princeton's career list with 142 career three-pointers and is one of five Princeton student-athletes to score 1,000 points, grab 350 rebounds and dish 200 assists.
Mooney is married to the former Lia Chomat, a Princeton graduate who also has a doctorate in psychology from Penn. The couple has two sons, Danny and Ryan.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT MOONEY AND THE SPIDERS
“If you’re a big man and want to play in a great college basketball system, you should play for Chris Mooney and the University of Richmond.” – Bill Raftery, college basketball analyst
"Chris Mooney should be on every 'Hot Coaches' list in the country. He has a brilliant mind for the game, and is a great ambassador for his school." - Jon Crispin, ESPN
"If you ask every coach in American the team they don't want to face in an elimination game, it's Richmond." - Rick Pitino, Louisville Head Coach
"Chris Mooney has a keen basketball acumen." - Dick Vitale in USA Today
"Coach Mooney is one of the best young minds in the game." - Andy Katz, ESPN.com
"They are so well coached. What Chris has done with this basketball team is impressive. Richmond has a very good basketball team. Those guys are good players, they can shoot it and run their stuff. I think they have a really good team and I'm happy to come out of here with a win." - Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim after the the Orange's 76-71 over Richmond in 2008-09 in the Carrier Dome
"Chris Mooney's pedigree as a player at Princeton and his coaching background at Air Force are a great fit for the University of Richmond. Spider basketball teams will be well-coached by someone with great energy and integrity." - Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball analyst