Bernie Moore

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Bernie Moore
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, track & field
Biographical details
Born (1895-04-30)April 30, 1895
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Died November 6, 1967(1967-11-06) (aged 72)
Winchester, Tennessee
Playing career
Football
1910s Carson–Newman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1924–1925 Sewanee (line)
1926–1928 Mercer
1929–1934 LSU (assistant)
1935–1947 LSU
Basketball
1926–1928 Mercer
Track & field
1930–1947 LSU
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1926–1928 Mercer
1948–1966 SEC (commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall 95–51–9 (football)
24–11 (basketball)
Bowls 1–3–1
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Football
SEC (1935–1936)
Awards
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1966)
Corbett Award (1967)
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1952 (profile)

Bernie H. Moore (April 30, 1895 – November 6, 1967) was an American college football, basketball, track and field coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Mercer University (1926–1928) and Louisiana State University (LSU) (1935–1947). Moore was also the head basketball coach at Mercer (1926–1928) and the head track and field coach at LSU (1930–1947). He was then SEC commissioner from 1948 to 1966. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1952.

Early life[edit]

Moore was the youngest of 14 children, the son of a Baptist minister. He graduated from Carson–Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he played football and baseball.[1]

Career[edit]

Coach[edit]

Moore coached football, baseball, basketball, and track at Winchester and Lagrange high schools, and Allen Military Academy, before receiving the position of line coach for Sewanee.[2]

Mercer[edit]

Moore coached the Mercer Bears from 1926 to 1928. Phoney Smith, Mercer's all-time leading scorer, was the first southern player to cross the goal line against the 1927 "dream and wonder" team of Georgia on a 95-yard kickoff return.[3] Later Georgia coach Wally Butts was also one of Moore's players at Mercer.[4][5]

LSU[edit]

Moore came to Louisiana State University in 1929 as an assistant coach for Russ Cohen's LSU Tigers football team.[1] He became the coach of the LSU Tigers track and field team in 1930. His 1933 track team won the national championship.[6]

Moore took over the LSU football head coaching job in 1935 after the resignation of Biff Jones, and was a popular choice among the football players.[7][8] Moore's 1935 Tigers posted a 9–2 record and the school's first Southeastern Conference championship.

Commissioner[edit]

After ending his tenure at LSU, the longest of any coach at the university to that point, Moore became SEC Commissioner in 1948. In 1967, he won the inaugural James J. Corbett Memorial Award given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Later life and legacy[edit]

Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1963 and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium is named in his honor. He died on November 6, 1967 in Winchester, Tennessee.[9] Frank Rose, former University of Alabama president, said Moore's "energies, his demand for total integrity, and his devotion to clean sports and good academics have left their mark on the campuses of every SEC member. For that, we are grateful."[9]

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Mercer Bears (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1926–1928)
1926 Mercer 4–3–2
1927 Mercer 5–4
1928 Mercer 3–5–1
Mercer: 12–12–3
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (1935–1947)
1935 LSU 9–2 5–0 1st L Sugar
1936 LSU 9–1–1 6–0 1st L Sugar 2
1937 LSU 9–2 5–1 2nd L Sugar 8
1938 LSU 6–4 2–4 10th
1939 LSU 4–5 1–5 10th
1940 LSU 6–4 3–3 6th
1941 LSU 4–4–2 2–2–2 7th
1942 LSU 7–3 3–2 6th
1943 LSU 6–3 2–2 2nd W Orange
1944 LSU 2–5–1 2–3–1 6th
1945 LSU 7–2 5–2 3rd 15
1946 LSU 9–1–1 5–1 3rd T Cotton 8
1947 LSU 5–3–1 2–3–1 8th
LSU: 83–39–6 43–28–4
Total: 95–51–9
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Vincent, Herb (2008). LSU Football Vault: The History of the Fighting Tigers. Whitman Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0794824285. 

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