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By Shawn Siegel

September 21st, 2006


UNCW Head Coach: Benny Moss


Taking your first head coaching job is never easy, but at least former Charlotte assistant Benny Moss has a lot to work with at UNCW.  Last year's Seahawks won a school record 25 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  Though the team loses three starters, there is enough talent and experience for Moss to have a successful first season.


Shawn Siegel (CHN): How is the schedule for your first year on the job?

Benny Moss (BM): The schedule is a lot more difficult than I would have liked it. This team has to meet the challenge of our schedule. If we can make it through the schedule, we have a very good shot at getting back to the NCAA Tournament.


CHN: How will you deal with the losses of your graduating seniors like point guard John Goldsberry?


SM: Itís going to be difficult to replace last yearís senior group. Not only were they very good basketball players, they were good leaders who were unselfish and always put the team first. Obviously, T.J. Carter, Todd Hendley and Temi Soyebo need to step up and be even more productive on the floor and more vocal in the locker room.



CHN: What will the strengths and weaknesses of this yearís team to be?

BM: I think our strengths will be our team defense and the play of veterans T.J. Carter and Todd Hendley. Our weakness will be how our players adjust to the new offensive system. We lost four very good seniors, so we have to have some of our younger players or guys in different roles step up and take on bigger roles.



CHN: Talk about one or two of your guys that stands out as being an unheralded leader and contributor?


BM:  T.J. Carter was a Third-Team All-Conference selection and CAA Tournament MVP. He will be counted on heavily to carry the load, both basketball wise and from a leadership standpoint, too. Todd Hendley must also take the next step to become one of the elite big men in the conference as well as provide leadership on and off the floor.

CHN: What should we expect out of the incoming players. Who will make the biggest impact?

Montez Downey is a big perimeter player who has great offensive ability. He can create mismatches, but he needs to work on being a complete player on both ends of the floor. Josh Sheets is a very good perimeter shooter who has a great work ethic. Heís a big-time winner. Daryl Felder is a very talented player who can play multiple positions. He can play the point guard or two-guard positions. Heís a good shooter who can also get to the paint and break down defenses. With attention to detail, he could become a very good defender as well. We look for all three of these freshmen to contribute to the success of this yearís team.



CHN: Are you pretty well settled with your starting lineup? If not, what should be the biggest battle for a starting spot?

BM: No. We expect competition at every position. Itís my first season and Iím still finding out about the players we have and will make those decisions as the season progresses.


CHN: Thanks Sean.  Good luck this season.


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