Terry began his volleyball career as a player in Corner Brook where he was born and raised. Under the guidance of Earl Pike his Herdman Collegiate team won the 1970-71 Provincial High School title. Terry’s high school team also placed third at the 1971 Provincial Senior Men’s Volleyball Championships.
From 1971 to 1976 Terry attended Memorial University where he played senior varsity volleyball all five years under the direction of Keith Taylor. During this time Memorial won the provincial championship twice; 1972 and 1976. In his graduating year Terry was selected the team’s most valuable player and elected to the Memorial University Athletic Honour Society.
Following graduation from Memorial Terry helped form the Venice Pizzeria Men’s Volleyball Team which became one of the most successful in the province throughout the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Later in the 1980’s he played with the Conception Bay South team and with them represented Newfoundland at the Eastern Canadian Championships. There were many team championships and in 1977 Terry was named most spirited player in Molson Cup play.
Terry began teaching in 1976 at Queen Elizabeth High School and thus began his brilliant coaching career. For the first fifteen years he coached the boys teams, winning numerous zone and regional championships along with two silver medals at the Provincial High School Boys Volleyball Championships. The year 1993 was a pivotal one in Terry’s career. His daughter, Susan entered high school and Terry decided to make the change from coaching boy to coaching Susan’s high school team. For two years this team was undefeated in High School Athletic competition as well as at the NLVA Provincial Junior A and Juvenile A championships.
During this period Terry was appointed coach of the 1997 Canada Summer Games team. This team won countless provincial titles and finished sixth at the 1997 Canada Summer Games – the highest placing for any Newfoundland and Labrador volleyball team at any Canada Games.
Terry was a founding member of the Conception Bay South (CBS) Sabres Volleyball Club. Following the 1997 Canada Games he began to further develop the club at the grassroots level, beginning at grade five, thereby ensuring continuing volleyball talent in the CBS area. By 2000 many of the young women were maturing into fine players and Queen Elizabeth and the Sabres Club, each coached by Terry, were ready for another winning streak. His ability to challenge his athletes is evidenced by their successes on the court. From September 2000 to June 2003 Terry’s girls teams won thirty gold medals and banners: midget, juvenile, junior, Volleyfest, high school, invitational….they were champions at all levels.
Terry also found time to serve as the NLVA Minor Development Chair. In the summers of 1997 and 1998 he helped coordinate a program that put six minor teams on the road at a time, traveling by bus, to compete on the mainland.
For his contributions to volleyball Terry has been recognized on many occasions. He was named CBS coach of the year in 1993, 1994, and 2001. He has twice been named the Newfoundland and Labrador High School Athletic Federation coach of the year. The NLVA named him coach of the year three times: 1996, 1998, and 2001. Terry’s greatest accolade came in 2002 when Volleyball Canada honoured him as their coach of the year.
Throughout his distinguished career Terry Mosher has been a dominant force in the development of the sport of volleyball throughout this province. He is owed a debt of gratitude for his tenacity, competitive spirit and absolute determination to succeed.
For his love of the game, his energy and outstanding service to volleyball Terry Mosher is elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball of Fame.