College Basketball Coach John Moore is 2011 Outstanding Alumnus

Marc S. Posner
Monday, May 23, 2011
John Moore is a faculty member at Westmont College, where he is the Basketball Coach, Associate Athletic Director, and an Associate Professor of Kinesiology. He sits on the NAIA Men's Basketball Ratings Oversight Committee, has coached junior teams internationally, and has hosted a number of basketball camps and tournaments at the high school level and below.

While a student at Cypress College, Moore played basketball for legendary coach Don Johnson. By name recognition, Moore likely isn't the most-recognizable of a group that includes NBA standouts Swen Nater and Mark Eaton. However, Johnson calls Moore "THE most inspirational athlete in Cypress College Basketball history." Double underlined, all caps: "THE." Clearly the revered Johnson holds Moore in the highest regard.

"John became the role model for future players," Johnson wrote in nominating Moore for the Outstanding Alumnus award. "He was the essence of the 'TSU' (tough, smart, unselfish) athlete. John's loyalty to Cypress College is, in my mind, unsurpassed. He feels his position in life today is a direct result of the transformation process that occurred here."

After 18 seasons as head coach of Westmont Men's Basketball, Coach Moore has accumulated a record of 355-197 (.643) at Westmont and an overall record of 434-271 (.616) in 23 years as a head coach. His accomplishments at Westmont include three Golden State Athletic Conference tournament championships and six trips to the NAIA national tournament, including a NAIA Final Four appearance in 1999. Moore has coached 22 All-GSAC players, seven NAIA All-Americans, and seven All-American Scholar-Athletes. In addition, each senior in his program has graduated with a degree from Westmont.

"Coaching and teaching is more meaningful for me today than it was eight to ten years ago," said Moore. "We come to coach because there is a relational element which becomes more significant the deeper you get into it. The success is always going to be meaningful. We are competitors as coaches. But there is a greater success that lies in a meaningful life."

Moore, a member of the Cypress College Athletic Hall of Fame, transferred to Westmont in 1976, where his career total of 422 assists ranks fourth, despite playing only two years.

Outside of his coaching duties, Moore runs basketball camps and high school tournaments. Moore also has international experience, taking part in several tours throughout Asia, where he spent 10 years of his childhood. He has coached the junior national teams for the countries of Bangladesh and Sudan. Moore served as part of the USA Basketball Committee in 2002, helping to select the 19-and-under team which included such players as Carmello Anthony, Deron Williams and Christopher Bosh.

Moore comes from a basketball family. His brother Mike starred at Westmont in the mid-'80s, while his sister Beth was a member of UCLA's national championship team in 1978. Moore's wife, Rachel, served for several years as the director of her family's Lavin Basketball Camps. Her brother, Steve, is the former head basketball coach at UCLA and is now an ESPN basketball analyst.

John and Rachel live in Montecito with their daughters Jacqueline (14) and Jessica (12).