By Doug Spatafore
Lock Haven Sports Information
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Scott Moore has been named the new head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University as it was announced today by LHU and Director of Athletics, Mark Sherburne.
No stranger to LHU wrestling, Moore has spent the last three seasons with the program as an assistant coach. In early June he was appointed the interim head coach while the national search for the position was conducted.
As an assistant coach with the Bald Eagles, Moore has helped guide a pair of Lock Haven student-athletes to NCAA Division I Championships in each of the last two seasons. This past season, Moore and The Haven coaching staff led LHU to its first winning season since 2007-08.
“I am excited that Scott Moore has accepted the position of head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University. His background within the sport, coaching experience, commitment to excellence, strong Pennsylvania recruiting ties and network, vision for the program and passion for LHU and the sport of wrestling are key assets that will facilitate the growth and success of our program moving forward,” said Sherburne.
“I look forward to working with coach Moore and I am confident he will elevate our program to the highest levels on-and-off the mat and build upon our longstanding wrestling history and tradition,” added Sherburne. “I am also thankful to the search committee and the various groups that met with and provided feedback on the candidates that visited campus. The strong interest and participation added to the thoroughness of our process.”
Prior to coming to LHU, Moore spent six seasons at the University of Virginia, serving as head assistant coach (2004-09) and associate head coach (2009-10).
While at UVA, Moore was an integral part of every aspect of running the program and leading the Cavaliers to tremendous success and national-relevance.
At Virginia, Moore helped UVA to its first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) title in over 30 years and its best-ever NCAA finish (top-15). He coached two ACC Freshman of the Year, one ACC Wrestler of the Year and the NCAA Gorrian Award winner, given to the wrestler with the most pins in the least amount of time at the NCAA tournament.
Moore, who is no stranger to success on the mat, has degrees from both Virginia and Penn State, having enjoyed a standout wrestling career at both institutions. He has a Bachelor of Science in Crime, Law and Justice with a Business Emphasis from Penn State (2003) and a Master of Psychology of Education from Virginia (2004).
On the mat, Moore was a two-time All-American. He was third at the NCAA championships in 2004 and placed fourth in 2003. The two-time Academic All-American was Virginia’s 2004 Male Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for the 2004 Dan Hodge Trophy, given to the most dominating wrestler in the NCAA. The 2004 ACC champion at UVA, Moore was named the ACC Wrestler of the Year after going 51-1 with 34 pins. At Penn State he was the 2003 Big Ten Champion and in 2002, he went undefeated in Big Ten dual-matches (8-0).
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity of restoring the wrestling tradition at Lock Haven University. The future success of this program will be a collaborative effort from the staff, administration, and supporters,” said Moore. “I would like to thank the search committee, Interim Athletic Director Carl Poff and newly appointed Director of Athletics Mark Sherburne for believing in my vision for Lock Haven wrestling.”
“This is an important time for Lock Haven Athletics and I look forward to doing my part in restoring the pride of our loyal followers and alumni,” added Moore.