Talkative and gregarious, senior Eren Moses holds a certain presence when he walks into a room. Some of that, of course, can be attributed to his 6’6” frame—but it’s more than just his stature. Eren Moses was born to be a leader. He just didn’t know it until he came to Coker.
Growing up in New York and Massachusetts, Eren spent most of his childhood close to his two brothers—one four years older, the other four years younger. He describes himself first as family-oriented. “We looked out for each other,” he says with a matter-of-fact shrug. “That’s the way my mother raised us.”
The first sparks of Eren’s strong character began to show early on in the way he always strove to be a good influence for his siblings. And now, with another little brother who’s only 5 years old, Eren feels being a supportive and positive role model isn’t a choice so much as a responsibility. “If I can help it, then I feel like I need to be there to help them,” he says. “That’s what any older brother or older sister should be, and I don’t take that lightly at all.”
That innate drive and sense of responsibility is exactly what Dan Schmotzer, head men’s basketball coach, saw in Eren when he recruited him to Coker four years ago.
“He’s gotten all this success that he’s had—in academics, and in basketball—he’s done it all on his own, and I give him credit for that,” says Schmotzer. But aside from being driven to accomplish his own goals, Schmotzer says Eren has an ability to inspire others, naturally leading by example in all areas of his life.
“Eren is a born leader,” he says simply. “It’s not optional for him.”
With Schmotzer’s coaching, Eren says he’s learned how to develop his personal leadership style—not only in the way he motivates a team, but also in the way he adjusts his approach to bring out the best in individuals. It all comes down to communication.
“I feel like that’s my biggest asset, communicating on the court,” he says. “I’m definitely a vocal leader. I have to talk every possession now—it’s just a part of how I play basketball. My team thrives if I’m able to help them.”
But what’s probably most telling about Eren is that his leadership doesn’t end when the clock stops running. “My teammates will come and talk to me about things,” he says, “and I take pride in that just like I take pride in being a role model for my little brothers.”
Off the court, Eren has transformed his natural leadership abilities into success in the classroom. A business administration major and communications minor, Eren thanks his professors and Coker’s participatory learning environment for helping him improve on his strengths. “Coker has definitely helped me with interpersonal skills,” he says. “I don’t think you get that in many colleges, on any level. Coker is probably one of the best at forming people who know how to speak well and carry on a conversation or presentation.”
Phyllis Fields, associate professor of theatre, says Eren has always been a highly engaged student. “His hand is always up first,” she says. But throughout his time at Coker, Fields says she’s seen him mature and refine the way he leads other students.
“His growth and development as a leader was most evident when he elected to join a group of students with whom he had little to no relationship outside of class,” she says, “and then to take on the role of ‘silent captain.’”
Outside of class, Eren honed his leadership abilities even more through his three years on the Coker Enactus team, a national student organization that aims to inspire progress through entrepreneurial action. At times, Eren says he’s struggled to keep up with the many demands of school, basketball, Enactus and responsibility to his family. But he has a motivation inside of him that he just can’t keep quiet.
“I feel like if I’m not making sure that I have Option A, B, C and D, then I’m not doing something right,” he says. “If that fails, then what am I going to do? I’m always thinking about the future.”
For Eren, the future can’t come fast enough. Eren is restless—driven by a natural motivation to succeed and ready to take the next step on his road to success. “It won’t do me any good to stay in the same place,” he says. “I have to make sure that I’m doing something that’s going to keep me on my toes.”
As for what that next move is, he’s keeping an open mind. “I’m ready to embrace any challenge,” he says. Because in the end, Eren has confidence that his hard work, strong motivation and leadership skills will allow him to accomplish whatever he puts his mind to.
“I’ve been a talkative person my whole life,” he says. “I’ve always been outspoken. I just didn’t realize that I was trying to be a leader.”
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