WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball program received a boost with the hiring of new assistant coach Lawrence Moten, former NBA player and Syracuse University standout, as announced by head coach Kevin Kovacs.
Moten, 43, comes to Gallaudet after serving as the head coach for the Rochester RazorSharks where he led them to the 2014 Premier Basketball League championship with a 17-1 record. He is currently a physical education teacher in Prince George's County (Md.). This is Moten's first collegiate coaching position.
"It is a honor to work here. I grew up off North Capitol Street. I can walk to my grandma's house. It has come full circle," said Moten. "I am an emotional type person. I show a lot of emotion. I push people in a positive way. This is a challenge but I enjoy it. I like the team chemistry."
The Washington, D.C., native attended Archbishop Carroll High School before attending Syracuse University where he played four seasons for legendary men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim. At Syracuse (1991-95), Moten became the all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,334 points and the all-time leading scorer in Big East Conference history with 1,405 points. He averaged 19.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game during his four-year collegiate career. He scored double figures in 118 of 121 games played. He is the only player to score 500 or more points in four consecutive collegiate seasons. Moten graduated from Syracuse in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in human development.
Moten was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft (36th overall) and played two seasons for the Grizzlies (1995-97) before playing one season for the hometown Washington Wizards (1997-98).
Moten and his wife Noelene, a Syracuse graduate '94, have two daughters (Lawrencia and Leilani) and reside in Bowie, Md.