When Bill Moos met with most of Nebraska's head coaches Sunday, Kerry McDermott couldn't help but be reminded of the man who first hired him at NU.
"He reminded me a little it of Coach (Bob) Devaney," said McDermott, who has served as Nebraska men's tennis coach for 36 years.
Head coaches were alerted to meet at Memorial Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Sunday for an update on the athletic director opening. Upon arrival, they met their new boss.
Afterward, coaches said they were impressed by Moos. That he seemed like the right fit. That he's personable.
"I think people will see quickly that Bill Moos understands what Nebraska is about and what the people of Nebraska are about, and I think it's a great fit," Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles said.
"I think they found the right guy," McDermott said. "I think they found a quality guy that understands what tradition is, what excellence is, what hard work is."
Said women's gymnastics coach Dan Kendig, "I was impressed. I'm impressed with the time it took to get this. I think it's a big hire and I think they were diligent and, as they said, trying to get the right fit.
"I think that's really important, and I feel like Bill fits right into our culture and what we're trying to do."
Nebraska's search for a new athletic director only took 18 days, a welcome sign for coaches who can now get back into their routines and adapt to Moos' leadership style, NU softball coach Rhonda Revelle said.
The former Oregon and Washington State athletic director said he wants to be there to help them and make sure the resources are in place to succeed.
"The resources are here, the facilities are here," Moos said. "That hasn't been the case everywhere I've been."
"In a big program like this, and the ones I've led, you need to have answers right away. And that comes from developing an organizational chart that can provide those whether I'm here or not."
Moos' experience as a student-athlete also stood out. He was a three-year letterwinner at Washington State, where he was a first-team All-Pac-8 performer.
"He was an athlete, his children were athletes, so he understands what coaches go through, but he also understands the student-athlete side," NU women's golf coach Robin Krapfl said.