E-Lacrosse: Why the move to the CCLA?
E-Lacrosse's new USLIA Correspondent, Sonny Pieper, talks lax with Brian Mosher.
E-Lacrosse: Give us some personal background. Where did you grow up?
Mosher: I am 33 years old and have been the head coach of Illinois for six years now. I am a navy brat so I grew up all over the country but primarily in Virginia. I was born in Virginia Beach and spent my high school days in Northern Virginia.
E-Lacrosse: How did you get involved with lacrosse initially?
Mosher: I was first introduced to the game when I was a freshman in high school living in Springfield, VA. It was at that time I began to play for Springfield Youth Club and then later for my high school team, Lake Braddock.
E-Lacrosse: How did you get involved with Illinois Lacrosse?
Mosher: I hadn't played a great deal while in the Navy but I brought my equipment every where I went. I knew that the university had a club team so when I got to Illinois, I simply looked them up and the rest is history.
E-Lacrosse: What brought you to Champaign?
Mosher: After a brief attempt at college life at Saint Mary's College of Maryland I joined the Naval Reserve to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and help pay for my college education. My reserve squadron was located in Glenview, Illinois… so the University of Illinois was the logical choice. I knew that it was a great school with an aviation program and a lacrosse team so for me it really was a pretty simple choice. Unfortunately when I was a player at Illinois we never had much of a team. We had our share of good players but lacrosse was never their priority so a .500 season was about as good as we could hope for. We did have a lot of fun though. Despite our losing ways, we really loved to travel and we always had a good time. Oh the stories I could tell but I won't bore you with any of the details other than to mention these three things; Michigan, Big Boy, and Junior Mint. The fact that my favorite memory as a player revolves around our off the field antics as opposed to any game we ever played in should tell you an awful lot. We have certainly come a long way since then. To be perfectly honest my greatest memories as a player revolve around the friendships that I developed on the team. Hitting the road week after week with the same 20 guys is something I will never forget.
E-Lacrosse: Explain the "transition" to Illinois coach.
Mosher: The transition from player to coach wasn't an easy one. Once I got over the initial urge to take the field every day, coaching my friends and fellow roommates was the next big hurdle. I must admit that when the team first asked me to take over the coaching responsibilities I was a bit intrigued. I had never coached anyone in my life but it was painfully obvious week in and week out that we needed to do something so despite a few arguments here and there the first year went pretty well. I never realized everything that went into running the lacrosse team here at Illinois but I must admit that I have never regretted the opportunity for one minute.
E-Lacrosse: Talk about the former Big Ten Lacrosse Conference.
Mosher: The Big Ten Lacrosse Conference was a loosely run organization made up of mostly all Big Ten schools. It had been in existence on and off again since the early 80's. I was the commissioner of the conference for the last three years of its existence. It was during that time that I was charged with exploring our options at the national level. The only thing out there at the time was the NCLL but we kept hearing rumblings about the USILA and NIRSA wanting to get more involved with college club lacrosse.