By Craig Ellenport
Reprinted by Permission
For some people, being involved with USA Basketball creates an opportunity to travel the world and broaden horizons. For John Moore, the order was reversed.
In Moore’s case, spending his childhood years in another part of the world created an opportunity to become involved with USA Basketball and cement a love of the game that would shape his life forever.
Moore, the longtime and very successful head men’s basketball coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara California, was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this week to serve as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. This was Moore’s second stint as a USA Basketball court coach (he worked previously with the 2002 USA Men’s U18 National Team). He’s been a college coach for more than 30 years, following his playing days at Westmont. And it all started when he was a kid growing up in Japan – and his family played host to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.