Steve Moore, a 1974 Wittenberg University graduate who turned the College of Wooster into a Division III powerhouse in men’s basketball, will retire after the 2019-20 season.
Wooster made the announcement Tuesday. Next season will be Moore’s 33rd and final at Wooster and his 39th as a head coach at the Division III level. He will be succeeded by longtime assistant Doug Cline.
"I have been blessed to have the opportunity to coach at an outstanding institution for many years and to have the tremendously good fortune and extreme pleasure to coach so many excellent players and outstanding men, alongside a great coaching staff," Moore said in a press release. "I am looking forward to coaching and being with another very special group of players during the 2019-20 season."
Moore, 66, enters his final season with a record of 846-245. He entered last season ranked 14th in college basketball history, counting all levels in the NCAA, in victories (822). He ranked ninth in winning percentage (.875). He’s the second-winningest coach in Division III history, trailing only Glenn Robinson, of Franklin & Marshall (952 wins).
Moore was a three-year letterwinner, team captain and starting point guard during his career at Wittenberg. Moore began his college coaching career at Wittenberg in 1976 on head coach Larry Hunter’s first team, and the Tigers won the national championship that first season. Moore stayed on Hunter’s staff until 1981.
Moore got his first head coaching job at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and one of his first hires in 1981 was Brian Agler, who was a freshman on Wittenberg’s 1977 national championship team and has gone on to a successful coaching career of his own. Agler has won two WNBA championships as a head coach in Seattle and Los Angeles and now coaches the Dallas Wings.
Moore was hired at Wooster in 1987. He has led the Scots to 27 NCAA tournament berths and 18 North Coast Athletic Conference championships. The Scots reached the Final Four in 2003 and 2007.
The Wittenberg-Wooster rivalry turned into one of college basketball’s best during Moore’s career with him coaching against his former Wittenberg teammate, Bill Brown, for decades.
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