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During Moore's tenure, the Lady Bears have received 15 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and 48 times players have received National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region honors. In addition, Baylor players have earned 68 all-conference selections during his tenure while numerous Lady Bears have earned academic all-conference honors.
The 2015 Lady Bears squad qualified for a program-record fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament. Led by ace Heather Stearns, Baylor finished the season 41-17, topping 40 wins for the third-consecutive season, another program first. Stearns led the Big 12 in strikeouts, marking the third overall and second-consecutive season a Baylor pitcher led the league.
Marked by the emergence of freshman phenom Shelby Friudenberg, the Lady Bears saw multiple season and single-game records fall. Friudenberg became just the second freshman in BU history to earn NFCA All-America honors, shattering the program's freshman home run record with 18 (Brette Reagan, 12).
Linsey Hays set a new program record for single-game home runs, posting three bombs against Jackson State on Feb. 14. Kaitlyn Thumann tied an NCAA record and set a new Big 12 single-game high for triples, legging out three against SFA on Feb. 6.
Moore led the Lady Bears to their third Women's College World Series appearance in 2014 in record-shattering fashion. Baylor posted a 49-16 record, reached the WCWS semifinals for the second time, and tied for the second-best ranking in program history at No. 4 to close the season.
Whitney Canion became the first, first-team All-American in BU history under Moore's watch in 2014. She was a first-team selection by the NFCA to cap an illustrious six-year career, leaving with virtually every pitching record in the Bears' record book, to her second All-America honor overall as she paced BU to Oklahoma City with a 31-12 record.
During its 2014 WCWS run, Baylor accomplished the largest comeback in WCWS history by erasing a 7-0 deficit through five innings to eventually beat Kentucky 8-7 in eight innings to avoid elimination May 31. The win propelled the team to its second-semifinals berth before the Bears fell to eventual national champion Florida, 6-3 June 1 to end the postseason run.
Moore picked up his 700th career victory May 17, 2014, in the NCAA Waco Regional with Baylor's 2-1 win over Tulsa at Getterman Stadium. The 2013 squad posted the sixth-highest win total in program history with 42, and three players earned NFCA All-Region honors on the way to Baylor's eighth NCAA Regional Tournament appearance under Moore.
Despite the loss of two opening day starters, including All-American pitcher Canion, Moore led the 2012 Baylor squad to its seventh NCAA Regional appearance in the last nine years and 10th of his coaching career. The Lady Bears picked up crucial wins throughout the season, including wins over national runner-up Oklahoma and then-No. 5 Texas.
Moore guided Baylor to its best finish in program history, tying for third, after advancing to the semifinals of the 2011 Women's College World Series and a final ranking of fourth. En route to the WCWS, the Lady Bears captured their fourth Regional and second Super Regional titles, all occurring on the road. The 47-15 record, that included a program-best 14-game winning streak to start the year, marked his sixth 40-win season with BU. For the third time, Moore and his staff were named NFCA Division I Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
For the third time in program history, Baylor had two players named to the All-American squad, as Canion (second team) and Dani Leal (third team) each earned their first career honors in 2011. Additionally, the Lady Bears had five players earn All-Big 12 honors and three All-Region picks.
Moore's emphasis on the classroom continues to be a staple, as BU placed a league-high eight student-athletes on the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Conference first-team and three more garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Moore showed his knack for big-game coaching in 2010, defeating eventual national champion UCLA 7-5 on Feb. 27. The Lady Bears also set a Big 12 Championship record with 15 runs in a 15-4 (5) win over Iowa State on May 15 in the event's opening round. His team was successful off the field as well, leading the conference in academic honors and adding two more Academic All-Americans (Tiffany and Nicole Wesley).
In 2009, Moore guided the Lady Bears to their fifth 40-win season, third Regional title and third Super Regional, finishing 40-22 overall and 15th in the final poll. Moore collected his 500th win on April 22, 2009, with a 3-2 victory over No. 23 Texas, and for his efforts, he and his staff earned NFCA Central Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second time in three years. Moore helped guide five players to All-Big 12 seasons, including freshman Canion's campaign that saw her win both Freshman and Pitcher of the Year for the first time in Baylor history. The Lady Bears were stellar in the classroom as well, with two players earning ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.
The 2007 season was one for the ages, as Moore led Baylor to its fourth straight NCAA Softball Championship appearance and its first Women's College World Series berth. The Lady Bears finished 51-16, tying the school record for wins, and ended the season ranked fifth nationally, their highest ranking in school history to that point. Moore also helped guide Baylor to the program's first Big 12 Conference regular season title after collecting 14 league wins, the most in BU history. During the 2007 season, Moore collected his 400th career win on Feb. 17 with a victory over Iowa State, and also won his 300th game at Baylor on May 20 with a victory over Albany. Moore and his staff were recognized as the NFCA Division I Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Power-hitting and blazing speed were once again on display, as the 2007 Lady Bears led the Big 12 with 142 stolen bases and finished second in the league with 62 home runs. For the second straight season a player broke the school single-season home run mark, as Ashley Monceaux blasted 20 home runs. In addition, Monceaux also broke the single-season records in batting average, hits, doubles, RBI, slugging and on-base percentage, while Tiffany Wesley tied a new season record for stolen bases with 36.
The 2007 Lady Bears collected numerous postseason awards as Monceaux and Brette Reagan were named NFCA All-Americans, making the second straight season that Baylor landed at least two players on the NFCA All-America squad. It was also the second consecutive year that a Baylor player (Kirsten Shortridge) took home the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year award. In all, a school record six players earned 2007 All-Big 12 honors.
Baylor continued its excellence in the classroom, with five Lady Bears earning Academic All-Big 12 accolades, while two players were named ESPN The Magazine All-District selections.
In 2006, Moore became the first coach to lead Baylor to three consecutive NCAA Softball Championships as the Lady Bears finished 38-22 on the season and advanced to the NCAA Corvallis Regional final. Along the way, Baylor climbed as high as No. 10 in the national rankings and finished the season No. 20 in the polls.
The Lady Bears stepped it up during the 2006 Big 12 Conference campaign under Moore as Baylor finished the season with a record of 12-6 in conference play, good for a third-place finish.
Hitting the long ball was the theme for Moore's 2006 team as Baylor led the Big 12 Conference and established a new school record with 68 home runs on the season. The Lady Bears had four players hit at least 12 home runs as Chelsi Lake led the team with 18 home runs during the 2006 campaign.
Under Moore, several players received national recognition for their play during the 2006 season. For the first time in school history, Baylor landed at least two players on the NFCA All-America squad. Brette Reagan picked up second-team honors while Lake was a third-team All-America selection. In addition, Reagan became the first player in school history to earn a Big 12 Player of the Year award as the freshman was chosen Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in a vote of league coaches.
In all, six players landed on the 2006 All-Big 12 Conference squad while five players found their way onto the NFCA All-Midwest Region squad.
The 2006 squad excelled in the classroom as well as six players landed on the academic All-Big 12 Conference squad with Lake and Kelly Osburn earning first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI honors. In fact, Osburn became the fourth softball player in program history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team. As a team, the softball squad finished the year with a 3.4 GPA, the nation's ninth-highest mark according to a list released by the NFCA.
Moore took the Baylor softball program reached new heights in 2005. In 2005, Baylor established a new school record at the time with 51 wins as the Lady Bears claimed the school's first regional title, capturing the NCAA Auburn Regional crown and advancing to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time.
During the season, the program reached the highest ranking in school history to that point, climbing to No. 7 during the season. In addition to the lofty ranking, Baylor established a number of school records during the 2005 campaign. Under Moore's guidance, the 2005 Lady Bears shattered nearly every team record, setting new marks in 15 hitting categories including average (.318), runs (384), home runs (57), slugging percentage (.502) and on-base percentage (.380).
While the team excelled in 2005, a number of players earned significant individual accolades. For only the second time in school history, a Baylor player earned NFCA All-America honors as Harmony Schwethelm was selected to the squad following an outstanding season.
In addition to Schwethelm, Lake was named a finalist for ASA Softball National Player of the Year while Tessa Lynam earned USA Softball National Player of the Week honors following her performance at the Crowne Plaza Classic. In all, four Baylor players were named NFCA All-Midwest Region while five earned all-conference nods.
The Lady Bears excelled in the classroom in 2005 as well as Kim Wilmoth became only the fourth student-athlete in Baylor history to be selected CoSIDA Academic All-America for three consecutive seasons. Four Baylor players earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VI honors while seven were selected to the academic all-conference squad as the Lady Bears posted one of the nation's highest team GPAs.
Prior to the historic 2005 campaign, the 2004 Baylor softball season saw Moore guide the Lady Bears to unprecedented success. For the first time in the program's history, Baylor was selected to participate in the NCAA Softball Championships and the Lady Bears' home field, Getterman Stadium, was selected as one of eight NCAA host sites.
Along the way, Moore's 2004 Lady Bears established then-school records for wins (48), conference victories (11) and winning percentage (.814). In addition, Moore helped the Lady Bears climb to their then-highest national ranking in school history, finishing the season ranked 19th in the country.
At one point during the season, Baylor won 27-of-28 games, including 14-straight. During the year, Baylor defeated seven teams ranked in the top 25, including a series sweep of No. 9 Oklahoma, a team that advanced to the NCAA Women's College World Series.
The 2004 season also saw Baylor advance to the Big 12 Conference Championship semifinals for the first time ever. After finishing fourth in the conference during the regular season, tying Baylor's then-highest ever conference finish, the Lady Bears advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling to Nebraska.
During Baylor's historic run at the conference tournament, the Lady Bears helped Moore reach a career milestone. Rallying to defeat rival Texas A&M 2-1 in an elimination game, the Lady Bears gave Moore his 300th career victory, a milestone that was recognized by the NFCA at its annual convention.
The 2004 season also saw numerous players receive recognition for their performances on the field. Baylor had four NFCA all-region selections, three all-conference selections, three all-conference tournament selections and two NCAA all-tournament selections.
In addition, three times throughout the season Baylor pitchers were named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the most in school history. Finally, Cristin Vitek, a first-team all-conference selection, was chosen as one of 40 players in the country as a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year honors.
Baylor players also saw success off-the-field under Moore in 2004. Six Baylor players were selected first-team academic all-conference, the most selections of any league school.
In 2003, Moore led Baylor to its third straight 30-win season. The year ended with a strong showing at the Big 12 Tournament; the Lady Bears were the first in the program's history to win two games at the tournament. Baylor established a then-school record for home runs in a season with 29 as eight different players had at least one home run for the first time in school history. The Lady Bears also broke the school record for stolen bases with a conference-best 119, which was, at the time, the second-highest total in the Big 12's existence. Baylor finished fifth nationally in total stolen bases and ninth nationally in steals per game during the 2003 season.
Credited with putting Baylor softball on the national map, Moore led the Lady Bears to the best season in the program's history in 2002. Baylor finished 46-18 overall and 10-8 in the Big 12 Conference. Along with setting numerous team and individual school records, the Lady Bears posted then-program-best marks for wins, winning percentage, Big 12 wins and highest Big 12 finish (fourth).
Known for his history of building strong pitching staffs, Moore's pitchers put together the a dominating season in 2002. Baylor finished sixth in team ERA and was the only school in the nation with three pitchers ranked in the top 40 in individual ERA. Cristin Vitek ranked 11th (0.89), Joni Miller was 30th (1.05) and Katie Decker was 35th (1.08).
Prior to Moore's arrival, the lowest team ERA in school history was 2.01. Baylor more than cut that in half in 2002, posting a 0.99 staff ERA. Under Moore, Baylor pitchers have posted the top six ERAs in school history.
Baylor opened its 2002 season at 23-2 and reached the 20-win and 30-win plateaus faster than any team in the nation. Baylor had four winning streaks of five or more games in 2002 and lost consecutive games just five times--three two-game skids and one of four games.
Moore led the Lady Bears to a pair of victories over top 10 teams during the 2002 season, both coming on the opponents' home field. The first was a 2-1, eight-inning victory at then-No. 10 Fresno State in early March. Three weeks later, Baylor knocked off fourth-ranked Nebraska 1-0 on Danelle Arnold's second-inning solo homer. The victory over Nebraska propelled the Lady Bears into the NFCA/USA TODAY Coaches Top 25, where they stayed until falling to the ranks of those receiving votes at season's end.
In their first season under Moore, the Lady Bears improved by 11 wins. Baylor finished sixth in the Big 12 Conference and reached as high as No. 19 in the NFCA Coaches Top 25.
Moore wasted no time in directing the Baylor program to national prominence. Baylor cracked the NFCA Top 25 for just the second time in the program's history during the sixth week of the 2001 season. The Lady Bears have been ranked nationally during each of Moore's 13 seasons at Baylor.
After starting the season 1-3, Baylor won 18 of its next 19 games in 2001. The 19-4 start was the best beginning to a season in the program's history. The stretch, which, at the time, ranked as the best 23-game run in school history, was started by a pair of wins over then-No. 20 Oregon. Baylor went on to claim team titles at the UTA/Isuzu Motors Invitational (quad-champions), the University Centre Invitational and the Troy Cox Classic over the next three weekends.
Although the Lady Bears cooled off in March and April, they still finished the season with a 38-22 record, tying then-school records for wins and highest winning percentage. Along the way, Baylor posted its first ever win over Texas, split with then-No. 22 Texas A&M and posted a 15-6 record at Getterman Stadium. Baylor committed just 63 errors and had a team fielding percentage of .963 during the 2001 season, both then-school records. The Lady Bears also posted then-school marks with 24 home runs, a .329 team on base percentage, 17 shutouts, and seven saves. Baylor dropped its team ERA from 3.17 in 2000 to 2.52 in 2001. The Lady Bears also more than doubled their stolen base production in their first season under Moore, going from 40 in 2000 to 81 in 2001.
Baylor also had several impressive individual performances during Moore's first campaign in Waco. As a result, four Lady Bears earned NFCA All-Midwest Region honors. Baylor also placed four players on the All-Big 12 teams; and, academically, Baylor had three first-team and three second-team Academic All-Big 12 selections and two Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees.
Prior to coming to Baylor, Moore spent two-plus seasons as head coach at LSU and four years total with the Tigers' program. Moore led LSU to the Southeastern Conference championship in 1999 and 2000. While at LSU, Moore amassed a 117-25 (.820) record.
Moore was named LSU's head coach prior to the 1998 NCAA Regionals, where he led the Tigers to a 2-2 mark. His first full season as head coach, 1999, saw the Tigers go 56-10 and win both the SEC regular season and tournament titles. LSU repeated its regular-season crown in 2000, going 59-13 and setting a school record for wins while advancing to within a game of the Women's College World Series. The Tigers finished eighth nationally in hitting (.310) and ninth in pitching (1.11) in 2000. LSU appeared in three-straight NCAA Regionals under Moore.
Before his stint at LSU, Moore spent one season as the head coach at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss. Moore was 22-17 that season and guided William Carey to a second-place finish in the Gulf South Conference.
Moore has plenty of experience with coaching and playing softball, as well as several other sports. He played for the world famous "The King and His Court" fastpitch softball team. He was a pitcher for the team that traveled the globe showcasing its talents. He also played in the Mississippi Men's Fastpitch and McComb (Miss.) Men's Fall Fastpitch Softball leagues for 12 years.
Moore's own athletic career saw him play both football and baseball at Southwest Mississippi Community College before playing tight end at Northwestern (La.) State, where he graduated from in 1993. He was inducted into Southwest Mississippi Community College's Hall of Fame in the fall of 2000.
While enrolled at Northwestern State, Moore was a volunteer assistant softball coach for two seasons before becoming a full-time assistant in 1992. After coaching football, baseball and basketball at Amite School Center in his hometown of Liberty, Miss., he left to coach at William Carey, where he started the softball program.
Moore is married to the former Janice Miller of Campti, La., who also made her mark on the Northwestern State campus. She is a former Southland Conference high jump champion and school record holder in the sport. The couple has two children: daughter Jacey and son Ty.