– Virginia assistant wrestling coach Scott Moore has been promoted to associate head coach, as announced today by head coach Steve Garland. Moore has served on the Virginia coaching staff for the last five seasons and was a two-time All-American at Penn State and Virginia.
“Scott has worked extremely hard here for five years now and he is more than deserving of this promotion,” Garland said. “Scott provides a skill set that is essential to building and sustaining a winning program here at UVa. I am excited for Scott and his wife, Sherry, and look forward to working together for many years to come.”
“I am enthused about this promotion and I look forward to bringing Virginia Wrestling into the new era of Top 10 NCAA performances and multiple All-America seasons,” Moore said. “This program has a bright future and it's a great feeling to be part of it as an alum.”
Moore, one of 10 UVa All-Americans all-time, turned in one of the most prolific wrestling careers in school history after just one season as a Cavalier. Moore was a two-time All-American after finishing fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championships for Penn State and third in 2004 for Virginia. Moore also earned his master’s degree from UVa’s Curry School of Education in 2004.
With a vast array of experience as a coach and wrestler, Moore has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Virginia program. A strong training partner in the Cavaliers’ wrestling room, he also is a master recruiter. Moore has helped the Cavaliers bring in four-consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, including top-five classes in 2007 and 2009 and a top-15 group in 2008.
In 2008 he helped UVa to one of its best seasons ever, with a school-record 18 dual wins, two ACC champions, three NCAA qualifiers and the ACC Freshman of the Year, Chris Henrich. Virginia also earned its first-ever top 25 national ranking.
This season Virginia qualified a school-record seven wrestlers for the NCAA Championships after placing second in the ACC with three conference champions, including the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, Brent Jones. Virginia was ranked in the nation’s top 25 for the second straight year and finished with its first All-American since 2004 after Henrich placed seventh at 174 pounds at the NCAA Championships.
In his last season of competition in 2004, Moore finished with a 51-1 record with 34 pins while taking third at the NCAA Championships after entering as the top seed. He led Virginia to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and was named ACC Wrestler of Year. Moore also won all seven regular-season competitions in which he competed. He was awarded the Gorrian Award for the most falls in the least amount of time at the NCAA Championships and named UVa’s Male Athlete of the Year.
He began his wrestling career at Penn State (1999-2003) and had 125 wins over four years of competition (including one redshirt season). In 2002-03, he set the NCAA record for most matches competed (63) and a PSU school record for most wins a single season after going 54-9 with 21 falls during an All-America campaign for the Nittany Lions.
Moore claimed the Big Ten championship in 2003 before placing fourth at the NCAA Championships and leading his team to a sixth-place national finish. In 2003 and 2004 he was awarded the Wade Schalles Award, given to the nation’s top pinner.