LeVelle De’Shea Moton has pursued success from the day he was born. Born in Boston, Mass., and raised in Raleigh, N.C., to a single mother, he underwent tough times in one of the city’s most notorious housing projects. It was in this environment he learned the importance of hard work and persistence while escaping a crime and drug infested neighborhood. With his grandmother’s love and his mother’s discipline, he survived and has blossomed into one of the country’s most successful up-and-coming NCAA Division I college basketball coaches, as well as a loving husband, doting father and god-fearing man.
Moton is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where he was a standout basketball player for the Eagles. He graduated in 1996 after becoming the third all-time leading scorer in school history – 1,714 points. Named to the university’s Hall of Fame in 2004, he returned to his alma mater in 2007 as an assistant coach. In 2009, he was hired as the 17th head coach.
In his fifth season as head coach, Moton led the school to its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and a berth into its first men’s Division I NCAA Tournament. To culminate that tremendous 2013-14 season, he was named MEAC coach of the year.
Moton, who also played four years overseas as a professional, is known for his prolific shooting as a guard for N.C. Central. He averaged 21.3 points per game as a senior and was named CIAA Player of the Year, capturing the award over Ben Wallace and becoming the first player in school history to earn the honor. He earned the nickname “Poetry ‘n’ Moton,” finishing his collegiate career with an 80-28 record.
His achievements led him to a brief stint in 1996 with the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA. Later, he played professionally in Indonesia, Germany, Cyprus and Israel.
After his playing days were over, he turned his attention to teaching and coaching. He started his coaching career at West Millbrook Middle School in 2001, moved to Sanderson High School in 2004 and eventually into the college ranks in 2007. He is a graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C., where he spent the majority of his childhood. At Enloe High School, he became a McDonalds All-American nominee while winning three conference tournaments, Wake County Player of the Year, All-State selection, while averaging 30 points per game with a school record 51 points and CAP 5 Player of the Year.
Moton champions himself as more than a basketball coach, holding higher education as a priority for players and himself. He earned a master’s degree from N.C. Central in Special Education in December of 2013. He has also led a very charitable life, forming the non-profit Velle Cares Foundation, Inc., and hosting an annual community day at the Raleigh Boys & Girls Club. The Velle Cares Foundation’s mission is to serve and assist community-based organizations that promote health, education and life skills for children and families in at risk situations.
Moton and his wife, Bridget, live in Durham, N.C., with their daughter, Brooke, and son, LeVelle Jr.
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