Horace Moore (American football)

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Horace Moore
Sport(s) Football, golf, tennis, wrestling
Biographical details
Born (1926-09-16)September 16, 1926
Grundy County, Tennessee
Died July 30, 2005(2005-07-30) (aged 78)
Sewanee, Tennessee
Playing career
1944 Tennessee
1948–1949 Tennessee Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1954 Grundy HS (TN)
1955–1977 Sewanee (assistant)
1978–1986 Sewanee
? Chattanooga (assistant)
? Sewanee
? Sewanee
1956–1978 Sewanee
Head coaching record
Overall 38–42 (football)
101–78–2 (wrestling)

James Horace Moore, Jr. (September 16, 1926 – July 30, 2005) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Grundy High School in Grundy County, Tennessee from 1950 to 1954 and at Sewanee: The University of the South from 1978 to 1986 after serving as an assistant there under Shirley Majors from 1955 to 1977. At Sewanee, he compiled a record of 38 wins and 42 losses (38–42).

Playing career[edit]

Born in Grundy County, Tennessee, Moore played football for the Tennessee Volunteers football team in 1944.[1] His career at Tennessee ended two weeks prior to the 1945 Rose Bowl when he was drafted by the United States Army to serve in World War II.[1] Upon his return, Moore finished out his playing career at Tennessee Technological University where he lettered on the football team in 1948 and 1949 before graduating in 1950.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Tennessee Tech, Moore returned home to Grundy County where he became head coach of Grundy High School in Tracy City in 1950.[2] After five years as head coach at Grundy, he was hired by Sewanee in 1955 to serve as line coach.[2] At Sewanee Moore served as line coach through the 1977 season. After Shirley Majors retired as head coach, in January 1978 Moore was named head coach of the Tigers.[3] Serving as head coach at Sewanee from 1978 through 1986, Moore captured one outright and a pair of co-championships in the College Athletic Conference en route to compiling an all-time record of 38 wins and 42 losses (38–42).[4] After retiring from Sewanee, he served as a volunteer kicking coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for several years.[1]

At Sewanee, Moore also served as golf, tennis and wrestling head coach.[1] His tenure as wrestling head coach was notable for his 101–78–2 record between 1956 and 1978.[5] During his wrestling tenure Moore coached the squad to seven conference team titles and one All-American.[5]

To recognize his accomplishments as a coach, Moore has been inducted to the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame (2004), and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (1993).[5]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Sewanee Tigers (College Athletic Conference) (1978–1986)
1978 Sewanee 4–4 3–1 T–1st
1979 Sewanee 7–2 3–1 T–1st
1980 Sewanee 4–5 3–2 3rd
1981 Sewanee 5–4 3–2 3rd
1982 Sewanee 7–2 4–1 1st
1983 Sewanee 5–4 3–2 T–3rd
1984 Sewanee 0–9 0–4 5th
1985 Sewanee 4–5 2–2 T–3rd
1986 Sewanee 2–7 1–3 4th
Sewanee: 38–42 22–18
Total: 38–42
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b c d e "Moore coached football, four other sports at South". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 2, 2005. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Moore to Sewanee". Rome News-Tribune. July 21, 1955. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Moore South's pick". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. January 8, 1978. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Horace Moore Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tennessee Wrestling Hall of Fame". coacht.com. September 19, 2005. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 

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