Steve Moore of The College of Wooster is part of the 2019 induction class for the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced by the organization on Friday. The induction ceremony will take place on May 18, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
"This is a very special honor which is due to having been blessed with all of the outstanding men who have played for us and coached with us," said Moore.
Quite simply one of the most successful basketball coaches in NCAA Div. III history, Moore's record stands at 822-239 entering the 2017-18 season, and he's No. 2 all-time in wins within the division.
The winningest coach (735-174) at Wooster's tradition-rich program, Moore has directed the Fighting Scots to 26 NCAA Tournament berths and a league-high 17 North Coast Athletic Conference championships, while compiling a winning percentage of .809.
Wooster's recent stretch has been most impressive as the Scots have won 25 or more games 11 times over the last 20 seasons, highlighted by advancing to the national championship game and winning a team-record 31 games (31-3) during the 2010-11 season. The Scots also reached the semifinals of the NCAA Div. III Championships in the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons, posting 30 wins in the former (30-3), and also of note, they've made it to the sectional round ("Sweet 16") 10 times since the 1998-99 season.
Moore came to Wooster just prior to the 1987-88 season, and his presence resulted in an immediate and dramatic impact on the program. Despite inheriting a team that had finished 8-18 the year before, Moore quickly transformed the Scots back into a winner. Wooster improved to 14-11 the very next year – the first of 31 consecutive winning seasons – and the program's won 20 or more games in each of the last 22 seasons.
For his efforts, Moore's been named the NCAC Coach of the Year on eight occasions and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes five times. Also following the 2002-03 season, he was voted the Ohio College Basketball Coach of the Year, an annual recognition coordinated and sponsored by the Columbus Dispatch, and in April 2008, the NABC presented him a prestigious "Guardian of the Game" award for education, an honor also once bestowed to the legendary John Wooden.
In addition to all his success on the court, Moore served a four-year term on the prestigious NCAA rules committee, is a member of the NABC Congress, and served on the NABC ethics committee, and the Wooster basketball program holds several community service initiatives each year. Included among those are basketball skills' clinics for local youth, fundraisers for Coaches vs. Cancer as well as encouraging fans to donate food and clothing for discounted admission at its two annual tournaments, which benefits People-to-People Ministry and Goodwill Industries, and participation in the NABC Dream to Read program with local elementary schools.
More information, including ticket information for the induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.
For more information on the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, visit http://ohiobasketballhalloffame.com/.