Ray Finalizes SEMO Staff With Hiring of Chris Moore

Chris Moore, who coached at Wright State University the last five years, was hired as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri Monday.

Moore has over 20 years of coaching experience and brings an outlook from nearly every level of basketball.

“I am excited about adding someone to our staff who is as experienced and accomplished as Chris is,” said Ray. “Chris has a great reputation in our business and has built relationships that will be a tremendous help to our recruiting efforts. He will be a valuable asset to our program and we are lucky to have him.”

WSU averaged 17.5 wins per season and made a pair of postseason appearances with Moore on its coaching staff.

Prior to that, he worked as an assistant coach for four seasons at Ohio Valley Conference member Morehead State.

“I’m excited about getting the opportunity to join Coach Ray and be a part of Southeast basketball,” said Moore. “Coach Ray and I have known each other for the better part of two decades and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. He is a first class coach and an even better person. I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing for a championship year-in and year-out.”

Moore teamed with then-head coach Donnie Tyndall to lead MSU to two postseason tournament appearances as the Eagles averaged 18 wins per season. He directed the program’s recruiting efforts, which produced two classes ranked in the nation’s Top 40. Clark Francis’ Hoop Scoop tabbed MSU’s 2007 class 31st and 2008 class 34th. Each of those classes were ranked No. 1 in the OVC.

Moore helped MSU enjoy record setting success, including an OVC Tournament title in 2009, back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history and the Eagles first NCAA Tournament win in 25 years.

Along with his recruiting duties, Moore served as MSU’s academic liaison, where he helped raise the team’s grade point average.

Before joining the MSU staff, Moore made stops at Bellarmine, Indiana-Southeast and Cincinnati.

At Indiana-Southeast, he worked as an assistant to head coach Walt Corbean in 2002-03. That year, the Grenadiers won a conference championship and advanced to the national tournament.

Over the last 15 years, Moore has coached 15 all-conference performers and 14 players who have gone on to play professionally. He also helped develop three NBA/WNBA draft selections, including Kenneth Faried, K.B. Sharp and Debbie Merrill.

Faried recently completed his fourth season with the Denver Nuggets and was a member of the NBA 2012 All-Rookie Team. He finished his career at Morehead State as a three-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year, two-time OVC Player of the Year and the NCAA’s all-time leading rebounder.

Moore was a three-time letterman at Kentucky State University, where he earned Academic All-America honors in 1990-91 and served as team captain his senior year.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kentucky State in 1991 and master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 2000.


Photo Courtesy SEMO Athletics

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