“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.
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