Scott Moore just finished his fourth season (2016-17) as the head coach of the LHU wrestling program.
When he was hired in July 2013, he became just the 11th coach in Bald Eagle wrestling history. This season Coach Moore led four Bald Eagles to the NCAA Championships along with crowning two PSAC Champions and an EWL Champion and Most Outstanding Wrestler in Ronnie Perry. Three Bald Eagles led their weights nationally in tech falls (Perry, Shoop, Haines). The Bald Eagles also crowned three Academic All-Americans in route to the 6th best GPA in Division I (3.39). Eight of the ten starter recorded 20 + wins on the year, including four freshmen.
Two years ago, in just his second as head coach, Moore led the Bald Eagles to new heights, which included Lock Haven’s first All-American since 2007.
Dan Neff was eighth at the NCAA Championships last season (’15), earning All-American status.
In all, LHU sent three guys to the NCAA Championships in Saint Louis last season. During the 2014-15 season LHU went 3-3 in EWL action (7-12 overall). The three conference wins mark Lock Haven's most EWL wins since the Bald Eagles were 3-3 during the 2004-05 season. At the 2015 EWL Championships (March 7), Lock Haven finished third overall with 101.5 points, thanks to a strong all-around day that saw all 10 wrestlers place among the top-five and nine, who finished fourth or better. It marks the second straight season where LHU has finished third at the EWL Championships. Last year (2014) when the Bald Eagles took third, it marked their highest finish since 2007. 2015 National-qualifier Fred Garcia also became Lock Haven’s 16th member of the 100-win club last season.
Moore made an immediate impact in just his first season in 2013-14. The Bald Eagles finished with four NCAA Division I National Qualifiers, including Dan Neff and Fred Garcia, who made it to the their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. The four NCAA qualifiers are the most since Lock Haven sent four to the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
The Bald Eagles finished third at the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships in March, their highest finish since finishing third in 2007.
Highlighting the postseason was Phil Sprenkle’s selection to the NWCA DI All-Academic Team, as well as 10 Bald Eagles landing on the EWL All-Academic Team.
Recently in June (’14), Moore was elected the President of the EWL Coaches’ Association.
As president of the EWL Coaches Association, Moore will be working with EWL Commissioner Bruce Baumgartner on policies and procedures related to the conference such as rule changes, scheduling, and NCAA mandated regulations. Moore will work with the other coaches to better expose the conference nationally and make sure the EWL gets the recognition it deserve sin the future by working on marketing ideas and the design of a new conference website.
On July 1, 2013 - Moore was named the new head coach of the Bald Eagle wrestling program.
No stranger to LHU wrestling, Moore had spent the previous three seasons with the program as an assistant coach. In early June (’13) 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.
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).