It was announced today that long time Virginia assistant Scott Moore and his family would return to Pennsylvania. Moore will be added to Robbie Waller’s staff as an assistant at Lock Haven University.
Two-time All-American Scott Moore is marked his final season of coaching at Virginia and his second as the team’s associate head coach this last year. With a vast array of experience as a coach and wrestler, Moore proved to be an invaluable asset to the Virginia program.
Moore coached nine Cavaliers to ACC titles and 22 to berths in the NCAA Championships, including Chris Henrich, who became Virginia’s first two-time All-America in 2009 and 2010. The Cavaliers won the ACC Championship in 2010 – UVa’s first league title since 1977. Virginia also recorded a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2010, marking UVa’s top finish at the national championships since 1957. The Cavaliers have earned Top-25 national rankings in each of the last two seasons – the program’s first-ever national rankings.
Moore is a master recruiter, helping Virginia bring in six-consecutive Top 25 recruiting classes, including Top 10 groups in 2007 and 2009. The 2007 class was ranked as high as fifth nationally, while the 2009 group was tabbed as high as sixth nationally.
The results of Moore’s efforts were especially evident over the last three seasons. In 2010, after falling short by two points in each of the previous two years, Virginia broke through and won the ACC Championship as Henrich and Mike Salopek each won individual crowns. Behind Henrich’s third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, UVa notched 15th place – tops among ACC schools. Brent Jones also won the Gorrarian Trophy at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first Cavalier to do so since Moore in 2004.
In 2009, despite a slew of injuries, Virginia took second at the ACC Championships with three individual champions (including tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler Brent Jones) and then qualified a school-record seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. In 2008 Moore helped UVa to a school-record 18 dual wins, two ACC champions and three NCAA qualifiers.
Moore, one of 11 UVa All-Americans all-time, turned in one of the most prolific wrestling careers after just one season as a Cavalier.
In 2003-04, Moore etched his name into numerous categories in the UVa wrestling record book. Moore finished his dominant season with a record of 51-1 overall and 17-0 in dual matches with 34 of his wins (65 percent) coming by fall. He shattered both the UVa single-season and career record for most falls in just one year. Moore’s 51 single-season wins rank first all-time at UVa and his 17 dual match wins are the third-best mark at UVa. His .981 winning percentage is the second-best winning percentage for a single season at Virginia. This also marked the second season that Moore led the nation in pins and wins.
Moore finished third in the 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, was ranked No. 1 in the country for most of the season and was the top seed at 141-pounds at the NCAA Championships. He was named ACC Wrestler of the Week four times during the season and was awarded ACC Wrestler of Year for his efforts. Moore also won all seven regular season competitions in which he competed, including the Michigan State Open, Cornell Body Bar, Mat Town Invitational and prestigious Southern Scuffle. He also won his match at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic against reigning national champion Teyon Ware. Moore was also awarded the Gorrorian Award for the most falls in the least amount of time at the NCAA Championships.
Moore began his wrestling career at Penn State (1999-2003) and went 125-42 over four years of competition (including one medical hardship season). In 2002-03, he set the NCAA record for most matches competed (63) and set a PSU school record for most wins a single season after going 54-9 with 24 falls during an All-America season for the Nittany Lions. Moore also is the single-season leader in falls for Penn State with 24 and second in career falls with 34 in three seasons.
Moore claimed the Big Ten championship in 2003 before placing fourth at the NCAA Championships and leading his team to a sixth-place national finish. In 2003 and 2004 he was awarded the Wade Schalles Award, given to the nation’s top pinner.
He and his wife, Sherry, will reside in rural PA. They are the parents of a daughter, Sloan.
About Lock Haven Wrestling: http://www.lhup.edu/sports/havensports/athleticsTeams/wrestling/
About University of Virginia Wrestling: http://www.virginiasports.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPID=10602&DB_OEM_ID=17800
Courtesy of Scott Casber and Takedown Radio