Monday, July 23, 2012

Remembering Coach Moore

Richard Moore is a Vol State legend. He worked for the college for 40 years, building an athletic department known for its commitment to student athletes on and off the court. He passed away this weekend after a battle with cancer.

“He was one of the kindest and gentlest guys that I’ve known,” said Athletic Director Bobby Hudson. “He was Vol State Athletics. He coached basketball for seven years, as well as being athletic director. We are respected around the league for doing things right and that all started with Richard Moore.”

Moore kept in touch with student athletes for years after they left the school.

“I’m pretty sure he taught the officiating class that got Felicia Grinter interested in being a referee,” said Hudson.

Grinter, an alumna and former Lady Pioneer point guard, recently invited Moore to a luncheon at which she was honored for her extensive work as a referee in the NCAA and WNBA. Grinter is in London where she will be the only American refereeing women’s basketball at the Olympics.

“He was an all-around good guy,” said Erica Malone. “He never complained about anything. He was tremendous with athletes. He wanted them to do as much academically as athletically. He wanted to see them graduate and go on to a four-year school.”

Moore retired just this past school year. There was a retirement party that brought many laughs as his colleagues remembered 40 years of stories and there were tears as well. He helped to start the College and saw it prosper and grow over the years.

“I’m going to miss him,” said Malone.

The College is naming a memorial scholarship in Richard Moore’s name. His visitation will be Tuesday, July 24 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Funeral will be on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Family Heritage Funeral Home, 100 Albert Gallatin Avenue in Gallatin.

If you would like to tell a story about Coach Moore or make a comment, please feel free to do so in the comments section of this blog.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach Moore was a great friend. His winning smile and infectious personality warmed many hearts of all that knew him. We shared many laughs and stories and our friendship will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.
-Ron Timberlake

Kenny Thomas said...

Coach Moore was the greatest person anyone could ever work for. I will always cherish my days at vol state with him.
God bless coach Moore and his family.

Kenny Thomas
Former baseball coach @ VSCC

Kenny Thomas said...

Coach Moore was the greatest person anyone could ever work for. I will always cherish my days at vol state with him.
God bless coach Moore and his family.

Kenny Thomas
Former baseball coach @ VSCC

Angela Gregory Flynn said...

Coach Moore was one of a kind. He always had that sweet grin and was a truly genuine person - good, honest and hardworking. I admired him alot, not only how he conducted himself at work but also the dedication he had to his family. Everyone that knew Coach Moore will say they were a better person because of it. He definitely made Vol State a better place with his presence. He will never be forgotten.

Bryan Tucker said...

Coach Moore was an all around great guy to be around. He will be missed by many. I enjoyed my time at Vol State and with the Athletic Department. My thought and Prayer go out to his family

Bryan Tucker
Former Statistican @ VSCC

Bryan Tucker said...

Coach Moore was a great guy and great teacher. He worked hard everyday. My thought and Prayers go out to his family and everyone that knew him. He was truly a wonderful gentlman to be around. He will be missed by many.

Bryan Tucker
Former Statistican @ VSCC