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Patrick Mooney

Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Current Classes

PED101ST - Strength Training
PED102ST - Strength Training - Intermediate
PED201VB - Volleyball - Advanced
PED202VB - Volleyball - Elite


Pat Mooney begins his 11th year at South Mountain in 2016. In his ten years at SMCC, he has taken the team to the playoffs five times, (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015) and in 2007, it was the team's first playoff appearance in 10 years.  The 2014 season was the first time SMCC hosted the ACCAC Region 1 tournament as the highest finishing division 2 team in the conference & held an NJCAA ranking as high as 9th, which was also a first in 10 years.  He has produced 14 all-region, 16 all-conference players, one All-American, won 2 ACCAC Coach of the Year awards (2004, 2014) and has helped the team win five NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards, awarded to the team with the highest grade point average in the country, most recently in 2014-2015. That makes nine of the last 14 years that his teams have been crowned the Academic National Champions! One of Pat's proudest accomplishments is guiding 37 SMCC student-athletes to Academic All-American awards, bestowed upon any athlete finishing 2 semesters with at least a 3.6 GPA.  He takes great pride in the students that achieve this award, in that one of his philosophies is that "you should focus on what you can control, and you should always be in control of your grades." Pat’s programs are also notable for the fact that each of his graduating players choosing to continue their athletic careers has been placed at a four-year college or university. From schools ranging from the University of Oregon to Florida Southern, that’s a 100% placement rate over 20 years! At Phoenix College, his teams were named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year every year from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, Coach Mooney was named ACCAC Coach of the Year, and in 2003, he was named Coach of the Year by the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association.  In 1999, Pat was named NJCAA District E Coach of the Year, as well as Phoenix College Coach of the Year.  His team was Phoenix College Team of the Year for 2000-2001, and in 1999, his team placed fourth at the National Tournament. For 25 years, Pat has also worked with two junior volleyball clubs, with his latest tenure being at Spiral, both as a head and assistant coach.  Over the past several years, Pat’s Spiral teams have finished fifth, seventh, ninth, and the most recent finish in the summer of 2016 in first, as the National Champions! In 2005, he first served as an assistant coach with the USA Volleyball Arizona High Performance program. Pat was also the assistant for the 2008 and 2009 teams, with the 2008 team winning the championship---the first ever for an Arizona team!  In 2011, he moved to a head coaching position that included a 3rd place finish and a bronze medal at the championships in Tucson. In addition to his stops at Phoenix and South Mountain, Coach Mooney was the first assistant coach at Scottsdale Community College in 1995. From 1991 to 1996, he was a Physical Education teacher in the Kyrene School District as well as the Boys’ and Girls’ Head and Assistant Volleyball Coach at Corona del Sol High School. At Corona, he led both of the programs to the state semi-finals from 1994 to 1996, was the first coach of the boys program in 1994, and was AIA Central Region Coach of the Year in 1995. In 2004, Coach Mooney graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and carried a 4.0 GPA throughout his master’s courses. In 1990 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with an emphasis on Physical Education, from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. While at BGSU, he competed on the men’s club team, achieving all-conference honors in 1989 and 1990, and was elected as the team captain in 1990.  Originally from Toledo Ohio and a graduate of Waite High School, Pat is married to Jama Nacke, an administrator in the Tempe Elementary School District and has two stepchildren, Carter and Carly.


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