Moore on ballot again for Naismith Hall of Fame

Moore on ballot again for Naismith Hall of Fame

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Steve Moore remains up for consideration for induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is among the 52 North American Committee nominations for the 2022 induction class, which were announced on ESPN’s “NBA Today” recently. This is Moore’s third year as a nominee.

Moore retired at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, his 33rd leading the Fighting Scots. While at Wooster, Moore’s teams posted a 780-188 record and made 28 appearances in the NCAA Div. III Championships including advancing to the 2011 national championship game and 2003 and 2007 national semifinals. Moore’s teams made the national tournament in each of his final 18 seasons on the bench, with that streak ranking as the longest in Div. III history and the seventh-longest all-time among all divisions of NCAA men’s basketball.

Wooster players earned 21 All-America certificates under Moore including five first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America laurels. Alumnus Bryan Nelson was selected as the NABC Div. III Player of the Year in 2003, 10 Scots earned the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year prize, five were voted as the conference’s top rookie and 111 all-conference certificates were earned by Wooster players under Moore.

Other highlights under Moore include 24-consecutive 20-win seasons, a NCAC-leading 18 conference titles and a NCAC-best 17 NCAC Tournament crowns.

The nine-time NCAC and five-time NABC District Coach of the Year received the NABC’s Guardian of the Game award for education in 2008, and he was voted Ohio College Basketball Coach of the Year following the 2002-03 season.

Prior to taking over at Wooster, Moore went 87-65 over six years at Muhlenberg College. In total, he retired 12th all-time in NCAA men’s basketball history with 867 wins (867-253) and is second all-time in Div. III wins, moving up to that spot with a 91-67 victory over Allegheny College on Jan. 11, 2017, a win which also marked the legend’s 700th at the college. His magic touch led to a career winning percentage of .774, ranking him No. 2 in that category all-time in Div. III.

In addition to all his success on the court, Moore served a four-year term on the NCAA rules committee, was a member of the NABC Congress and served on the NABC ethics committee. With Moore helping coordinate, Wooster’s program held — and continues to hold — several community-service initiatives each year. Included among those are basketball skill clinics for local youth with canned food items collected for People to People Ministries, a fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer, and encouraging fans to donate food and clothing for discounted admission at the program’s two annual tournaments to benefit People to People Ministries and Goodwill Industries.

Moore is a member of The College of Wooster W Association Hall of Fame, Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, Wittenberg University Hall of Honor, Wayne County Athletic Hall of Fame and Monroeville High School Hall of Fame.

The finalists from the North American committee are announced during NBA All-Star Weekend while the entire induction class is unveiled during the Div. I men’s basketball NCAA Final Four in April.