New UW Women’s Basketball Coach Highlights Inclusion, Diversity At Scholarship Banquet


Sept. 28 – JANESVILLE – As a black college student growing up in Massachusetts, new University of Wisconsin women’s basketball coach Marisa Moseley learned early on the importance of having role models who look like her.

“I was in fifth grade before I had my first black teacher,” Moseley said.

These early experiences shaped Moseley’s journey as a student-athlete, assistant coach and finally as a head coach.

Moseley was the keynote speaker for the Janesville School District Multicultural Teachers Scholarship Believe and Achieve Dinner on Monday evening. The event is the scholarship fund’s main annual fundraiser.

The program offers scholarships of up to $ 25,000 over five years to students who pursue education in education and commit to applying for a teaching position within the school district.

The Janesville District is not obligated to hire the students, but so far it has hired all graduates of the program who have applied.

Currently, the Janesville District has approximately 800 teachers serving over 9,500 students. Over 30% of Janesville’s membership are students of color, but the district currently has only 14 teachers of color.

Eleven of them are from the Multicultural Scholarship Program for Teachers, which has been in existence since 2008.

On Monday night, Moseley said she learned the value of education from her parents, James Moseley and Linda Randolph.

“My dad had multiple jobs when I was growing up,” Moseley said. “My parents instilled in my sister that we could do anything. But we had to give 110%.”

Moseley said one of his first commissions at Madison will be to establish a culture of inclusion. She has been involved in a number of social justice causes over the years, including being a founding member of the Patriot League Anti-Racism Commission, a member of the University of Connecticut Diversity Council, and a member of the University of Denver’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Moseley has worked hard the past three seasons as the head coach of Boston University, her alma mater, where she compiled a 45-29 score, including 12-3 in the COVID-hit season -19 last year. She graduated from the BU in 2004 and also played for the Terriers.

She spent nine years as an assistant in Connecticut under the direction of legendary Huskies coach Geno Auriemma. Prior to that, she was an assistant at Minnesota for two seasons.

Moseley said scholarship programs like the Janesville School District Multicultural Education Program help students of color achieve their dreams by giving them mentors and role models.

“As a black woman, I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of the amazing women who came before me,” Moseley said. “I also have a responsibility to make a path for those who come behind me.”

Alyssa Hopson, a physical education and health teacher at Marshall Middle School, a graduate of the program, served as the emcee for the dinner. She is duplicating her duties as a dance team coach at Parker High School, where she graduated in 2016.

“This program helped me become the first member of my immediate family to go to college,” Hopson said.

Hopson introduced Moseley, assisted by her Parker dance team, to a catchy rendition of “On Wisconsin.”

Moseley, 39, is the seventh black woman to coach a basketball team in one of the Power Five football conferences.

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