Memorial Service Announced for CCSU's Bill Moore

A service to celebrate the life of Dr. William M. Moore, Director of Athletics Emeritus, will be held on Saturday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT.


 

"If there is one word that can define Bill Moore, it's CLASS," longtime public address announcer and Hall of Famer Joe Arnone said on Sunday.  "People who had him in their lives were lucky."

Moore passed away overnight Saturday into Sunday.  He was a former coach and Athletic Director for the Blue Devils, and is a member of the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame (1983).  Moore and his wife Kitty recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

"Dr. Moore was an extraordinary man; a gentleman, a scholar, a revered athletics administrator and a devoted husband and father," Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann said on Sunday. "With his passing, college athletics lost a giant, CCSU lost one of it's greatest ambassadors and Blue Devil Athletics lost one of it's most ardent supporters. The dignified manner in which he conducted all aspects of his personal and professional life are lessons to us all. I will miss his ever positive, gracious demeanor, his wisdom and his sage advice as a mentor and a friend. We extend our heartfelt prayers to his beloved wife Kitty and their family at this difficult time."

Moore was a 1948 graduate of Tennessee Tech and received his Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee a year later.  He received his doctorate from Michigan.

He came to CCSU (then the Teachers College of Connecticut) in 1952 and was an assistant football coach.  He coached alongside Bill Detrick and the legendary Hank Majlinger was the head coach.  Moore also was the head men's basketball coach.  Moore served as the basketball coach from 1953-59.  He also served as the head football coach from 1959-61 after six years as an assistant.  Moore also coached the golf team during his time with the Blue Devils.

Following the retirement of Director of Athletics Harrison J. Kaiser, Moore was named AD in 1962 by President Herbert Welte.  Moore oversaw the building of Kaiser Hall in 1964, the same year CCSU made the move from NAIA to NCAA Division II.  Moore would serve as the AD for 20 years, before moving on to the same position at the University at Albany.

Moore was a recipient of CCSU's Distinguished Alumni Service Award and is a member of dozens of Hall of Fames, including CCSU's and the University at Albany (inducted in 1996.)  He was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2008. 



The following is his bio from his NACDA Hall of Fame Induction:

William Moore has been involved in athletics administration for over 57 years. He began his career as the director of athletics and head football and basketball coach at Shepherd College in West Virginia. Moore left Shepherd in 1953 to become the head basketball coach at Central Connecticut State University, where he later served as the director of athletics, health and physical education for 21 years. In 1983, Moore began a 10-year stint as the director of physical education, athletics and recreation at the University at Albany, before being named the New England Collegiate Conference commissioner in 1994. He most recently served as the Little East Conference commissioner, a position he retired from in 2008. Aside from his athletics director experience, Moore has also served on numerous athletics committees, including the NCAA Postseason Football Committee and the NCAA Legislative Interpretations Committee. He was the president of the Eastern College Basketball Association from 1979-81, the president of the Eastern College Athletic Conference in 1985-86, and is currently a member of the ECAC Division III Basketball Selection Committee. A 1983 Central Connecticut State University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Moore is also a member of the Athletics Halls of Fame in Cleveland, Tennessee and the University at Albany. In 1993, he was awarded the Josten's Distinguished Service Award, and in 1997, Moore received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation.