Moore Reaches 500 Wins with Warrior Victory

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 28th, 2014

 

John Moore

John Moore

By Christy Cain

November 28, 2014

(ATHERTON, Calif.) The Westmont men’s basketball team defeated Menlo (1-6) this evening on the road in Atherton, California. The 87-69 victory marks head coach John Moore’s 500th career win.

“When I reflect on the 500 wins, I think about the great amount of Westmont men with great character who I have been able to coach” reflected Moore. “I am in the midst of 22 years here (at Westmont) and I am so proud of the guys, what they are doing in their lives today, the families they have and what they are doing as husbands and fathers.”

In his 27 years of coaching, Moore has earned an overall record of 500-301, with 421 of those wins coming in the last 22 years at Westmont.

“It is such an incredible privilege to be at Westmont, my alma mater, which is probably the greatest Christian institution in the country,” said Moore. “I couldn’t do it without all the people in the athletic department. From Dave Odell, to the people I work with in Kinesiology department to (President) Gayle Beebe, (Provost) Mark Sargent and the great leaders of this school. I even have to go back to David Winter who was the President when I was a student. I am just really indebted to quite a few people—I wouldn’t be here without them.

“I am so appreciative of my wife and my daughters who once again had to sacrifice Thanksgiving without a dad and husband. They have been my pride and have meant so much to be in this venture as a college basketball coach. I certainly couldn’t do it without Rachel, Jacqueline and Jessica.”

With all 13 players on the roster getting court time, tonight was seemingly the best night to hit such an important milestone. Coming off a week of hard, competitive practices, the Warriors took the court and maintained control the entire game.

“When you practice hard, it carries over into games and I thought we did a great job of working exceptionally hard this week,” noted Moore.

The players’ hard work translated over into their performance this evening. With Daniel Carlin, Cory Blau, Gerald Karczewski and Billy Keller hitting double-digit points, the Westmont offense was a force to be reckoned with. The Warriors not only saw great leadership from their starters, but impressive contributions off the bench as well.

“Hayden Anderson had a huge shot in the first half that allowed us to go up by 17 points at halftime,” said Moore. “Billy Keller was also special tonight. He’s coming off an injury and the way the way he prepared in practice this week is probably the best that he ever has.  So that made it especially rewarding for him to see his hard work pay off and impactful for our squad because of his great leadership on the court. When he got on the floor, he was ready to go.”

In the second half, the Warrior men never gave up their lead and maintained a strong balance on both offense and defense. They were able to close out the game with a 22 point differential and progress to a season record of 2-3.

“All of our players saw court time tonight so that was especially meaningful. On a night where you reach 500 wins, if you can get everyone playing time, that makes it extra special,” closed out Moore.

The Warriors continue their tournament play in Atherton tomorrow at 2:00 pm as they take on Cal State Maritime.