After 19 years with Santa Clarita Christian School, James Mosley took over as athletic director at the school on Monday, Jan. 6.
“I just love the school and all the athletics and I’m looking forward to starting off a new chapter and trying to do things well and just play a good role in the school,” Mosley said.
Mosley, who is also the head boys basketball coach, has been coaching for 18 of the 19 years he has been at SCCS. In the 2017-18 season, he led the basketball team to a CIF-Southern Section Division 5AAA title and a CIF State Division V title.
Part of Mosley’s vision for SCCS athletics is to rebuild the football program, which did not field an 11-man football team for the 2019 season due to low participation numbers.
“It’s a huge priority for us,” Mosley said. “Our goal is to play at a high level and there’s the numbers part of it, but we feel like there’s enough athletes where we can do it and do it well. I want us to have a growing, thriving football program.”
He’d also like to re-introduce softball, which last fielded a varsity team in 2018, and help grow the fledgling track and field program.
“We’re a small school, so we don’t have all the sports, but I am interested in expanding and adding some sports in the future,” he said. “All of those are a vehicle to our school to growing in the community.”
Mosley has two sons who are 11 and seven years old who both attend SCCS, which is a K-12 school. Both of them love basketball and football and have spent plenty of time around the former, since their dad is a longtime coach.
Having kids who could play varsity sports in the future adds extra motivation for Mosley to make Cardinals athletics as strong as it can be.
“I’m looking forward to building programs that they will be able to thrive in,” he said. “I’ve been there a long time, so I believe in the Christian education and the ability to impact lives through christ and pursue excellence through the resources we have so our kids have a great experience athletically.”
Mosley succeeds Mark Bates, who was previously athletic director and head football coach.