Arthur Moreira named head coach of Vandal women’s basketball team
Arthur Moreira named head coach of Vandal women’s basketball team

MOSCOW, Idaho – Arthur Moreira has been named head coach of the University of Idaho women’s basketball team, athletic director Terry Gawlik announced on Monday. With Moreira’s promotion, he retains Drew Muscatell on the staff, which promoted him to assistant head coach.

“I am thrilled to name Coach Moreira as our next women’s basketball head coach,” said Gawlik. “Arthur’s strong recruiting skills, drive to improve our program and relationship building within the community made it a clear decision to promote him to head coach. He brings a wide range of international ties and connections to the Northwest. He is an exemplary leader and is passionate about our student-athletes on and off the court. The team is in good hands and I can’t wait to see Arthur’s impact on the program and the Vandal community.”

Moreira is the 11th women’s basketball coach in Idaho history. He is also the first Brazilian head coach in NCAA DI history. He earned the title after serving as associate head coach under former head coach Carrie Eighmey last season.

Moreira released a statement about his promotion:

“I am deeply honored and grateful to become the next head coach of the University of Idaho women’s basketball team. I Want I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Scott Green and Terry Gawlik for this incredible opportunity to lead a program with such a proud and successful tradition.

The University of Idaho and our community are particularly close to my heart
and me I am committed to working tirelessly to develop a program that is grounded in excellence both on and off the field. This will be a program that puts players first and where our student-athletes will succeed and have a positive, rewarding experience. Together, we will cultivate a championship culture while providing our student-athletes with the tools and resources they need to excel in their academic and athletic endeavors.

Everything starts with people. We will assemble dedicated employees and talented people This will make every Vandal alumnus and fan proud. We strive to represent our institution and community with the highest regard. I look forward to our fans getting to know our incredible group of young women. We will be active in the community, connecting with people, recruiting top players, engaging fans and bringing unparalleled excitement to ICCU! We have the best arena in the country and I would love to see this place sold out! Go Vandals!”

Head coach Moreira has already hit the ground running, working behind the scenes this summer to bring top talent to the team. Since taking over the program, he has brought six athletes to Moscow, including Kelbie Washington from Oklahoma. Washington made a splash at Oklahoma as a starting point guard and was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. She is one of the top-ranked recruits from Idaho and is ranked No. 66 overall and No. 10 guard in the 2021 high school class, according to ESPN.

In his first season with the Vandals, Moreira helped Idaho to a 15-16 overall record. As chief recruiter, Moreira brought Kennedy-Johnsonthe Vandals’ leading scorer and All-Big Sky First Team selection. He was responsible for the recruitment of Hope Buterathe team leader in blocks and rebounds before her season-ending injury. With his move to Idaho, Moreira also brought Amalie Langer with him. Langer was named to the first Big Sky All-Defensive Team and started all but one game for Idaho.

In the 2023/24 season, the Vandals landed Great 30 in the nation in three different statistical categories, including fouls per game (14th), free throw percentage (21st) and defense (29th). Idaho set a new program record by allowing an average of 57.2 points per game, surpassing the previous record set in the 1979-80 season. The Vandals also reached their highest NET ranking in program history at 125 in January 2024 after a 7-1 record on the road.

Moreira brings a wide range of international connections and knowledge, having served as an assistant coach for the Brazilian Basketball Confederation and was part of the coaching staff that managed the U19 national team at the 2023 FIBA ​​U19 World Cup last summer, serving as defensive coordinator and overseeing scouting and game preparation. before at every competition. He is also involved in promoting young talent from U16 to U19.

Before Idaho, Moreira spent seven seasons at the University of San Francisco as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2016-2023. At USF, Moreira led the Dons’ international recruiting efforts and increased the number of international student-athletes by 550%. He increased the Diversity of the teamand brought student athletes from nine different countries to the 2019-20 squad.

In his recruiting role, he brought in a WCC Newcomer of the Year, five All-Conference selections and a Sixth Woman of the Year. He welcomed student-athletes from 17 different countries and has established recruitment relationships in more than 26 countries.

Moreira began his coaching career as a student assistant for the men’s basketball program at Sonoma State University, where he worked for five years. He received a degree in Business Marketing from Sonoma State University in 2016. A native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he attended high school at Colegio Marista Dom Silverio.

By Everly