RICHMOND, Ind. – Steve Moore has been appointed head coach of Indiana University East’s new NAIA men’s soccer program, the school announced Aug. 17.
Moore comes to IU East from Clarke University, an NAIA program in Dubuque, Iowa. Moore produced two of the top three seasons in the Clarke men’s soccer program’s 32-year history during his tenure with the Crusaders.
Moore has a history of program-building throughout his coaching career. Moore coached the women’s soccer program at Bethany College in Kansas from 2007 to 2011, where his first two teams doubled and then re-doubled the program’s victory total from the year prior to his arrival.
Moore’s first college head coaching experience came at Concordia University Chicago, where he coached the men’s and women’s teams. His 2005 men’s team won the conference championship. The women’s team posted the best winning percentage in the program’s history to that point the same year.
Moore also served as an assistant coach for the NCAA Division I women’s program at the University of Central Arkansas and as the head soccer recruiting coach for the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA)
“It’s a great honor to be named the inaugural head men’s soccer coach at Indiana University East!” Moore said. “The support and enthusiasm for athletics here is undeniable, and to be able to combine that with the level and notoriety of an Indiana University education made this move a no-brainer.”
Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Greenville College, where he was an NCCAA All-American as a goalkeeper.
Moore will focus on recruiting the Red Wolf roster during the 2016-17 school year. The team will begin NAIA competition during the 2017-18 school year.
IU East estimates 50 total student-athletes will participate in the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
“There’s going to be a lot of work that goes into getting this program started, but the potential here is off the charts, and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity!” Moore said.
IU East’s soccer teams will compete alongside the school’s other athletics teams in the newly renamed River States Conference. The league will have 10 men’s and women’s soccer programs for the 2017 fall season.
The addition of men’s and women’s soccer brings the total number of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) varsity sports offered at IU East to 15. The Red Wolves currently compete in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. IU East offers more NAIA sports than any other IU regional campus.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT STEVE MOORE
“We are very excited to have Steve arrive here so fast and get started. He is hitting the ground running and will be hitting the road recruiting this week. It’s really nice to add another quality coach to the department. We see him getting soccer started off right from the very beginning.” – Joe Griffin, athletic director, Indiana University East
“Steve is a good friend as well as a great coach. He is very articulate in his approach and always produces highly organized teams. … Steve was an All-American goalkeeper for me and one of the best. Steve has a unique background as a coach coming from a very diverse skill set which makes him perfect for the job. Steve has worked on the women’s and men’s side as well as the admissions staff. Steve went from a player for me then on to one of my best assistant coaches I’ve had in 20 years in college coaching.” – Brian “Mac” McMahon, head coach, Palm Beach Atlantic University
“Steve has the experience and the energy to do well building IU East into a quality program! I know the men’s soccer program will be a model program under Steve’s leadership.” – Tyler Watkins, assistant coach, Kansas State University