Head coach Rob Smith adds two coaches to his staff
Craig Moore is entering his first season on the Ohio University coaching staff. In his new role, Moore will serve serve as the Recruiting Coordinator and Hitting Coach.
Moore arrives in Athens after two years on the Creighton coaching staff, working primarily with catchers and hitters. In his first season on the Bluejay staff, Moore worked with the outfielders, producing the program's first, first-team all-conference outfielder since 2000, Trever Adams was also named an All-American by three different sources, while freshman centerfielder Mike Gerber was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
In 2012, Moore helped Creighton to its second consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and its second straight Missouri Valley Conference championship.
The 2011 Bluejays finished fourth in the nation and led the Missouri Valley Conference with 84 sacrifice bunts. Moore also helped ignite some offensive power, as the Jays hit 38 long balls, led by Adams' 14. The Bluejays finished first in the conference in home runs and total bases (797), and fourth in the league with a .399 slugging percentage.
A native of Fremont, Neb., Moore came to Creighton following a four-year stint as head coach at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas. While at WTC, Moore helped the junior college program reach new heights. The 2010 squad set school records for both overall wins (26) and conference wins (15). In each of the four years that Moore was at WTC, the team's win total increased. He coached four players who were selected in the MLB draft and also saw several of his second-year players transfer to Division I and Division II schools. The Westerners also made strides in the classroom, as six out of the eight semesters Moore was in charge the group carried a GPA of 3.0 or better. Moore also served as an assistant athletic director during his tenure for the Westerners, overseeing game management and promotions.
Prior to his stint at WTC, Moore spent three seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee Tech University. While with the Golden Eagles, Moore oversaw several other administrative duties to go along with his coaching of the hitters and infielders. As part of a brand new staff, Moore helped turn Tech into a future NCAA regional team, as his last recruiting class at Tech was part of the 2009 regional team. Also, the staff did a tremendous job of increasing the talent level in the program. The first three recruiting classes produced a total of five drafted players and several all-conference nominees. In the classroom, Tech improved its GPA each year, with a program best coming in the fall of 2005.
Moore got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Moore jumped into another program that was starting from scratch. In the program's first year, the team went 0-13. The second year was a season of firsts, however, as the Storm won the program's first regular-season and conference game. LEC wound up winning seven games to finish the year at 7-12. Moore saw the program grow from 12 members in the initial year to more than 25 by the second season.
Moore was drafted in the 1996 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals following his high school career at Archbishop Bergan High School. Foregoing that opportunity, he chose to play college baseball at the University of Nebraska. Moore was a four-year letter winner for the Huskers, and shares the school record for RBI in a game with 10 against Chicago State. Moore played in 144 career games, and was an academic all-conference pick his freshman year. His career was capped off with the Huskers winning the 1999 Big 12 tournament championship.
Moore holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from Lake Erie College in business administration. Moore and his wife, Alison, have two sons, Jaxon and Easton, who was born this past spring.