Coaching Staff

Career Record
At Fresno Pacific
1988-89 18-13
1989-90 21-11
1990-91 17-14
1991-92 13-16
1992-93 10-20
At Westmont
1993-94 19-13
1994-95 20-9
1995-96 19-13
1996-97 14-17
1997-98 23-8
1998-99 29-6
1999-00 21-11
2000-01 20-9
2001-02 22-10
2002-03 24-10
2003-04 18-10
2004-05 20-9
2005-06 18-13
2006-07 16-13
2007-08 15-13
2008-09 16-14
2009-10 21-9
2010-11 20-10
2011-12 19-9
2012-13 27-6
2013-14 18-12
2014-15 25-11
Totals:
   Westmont
   Career
 
444-235
523-309

JOHN MOORE

Head Men’s Basketball Coach

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After 22 seasons as head coach of Westmont Men’s Basketball, Coach Moore has accumulated a record of 444-235 (.654) at Westmont and an overall record of 523-309 (.629) in 27 years as a collegiate head coach.

"Coaching and teaching is more meaningful for me today than it was eight to ten years ago," said Moore.  "It is more significant because of the kinds of things that are important in coaching.  Someone once said to me, ‘You don’t have a philosophy of coaching until you get to 15 years as a head coach.’ I discounted that originally, but there was a point for me, and it was in that 15-year range, that I realized that I had a philosophy of coaching – that makes it more meaningful for me and more meaningful for my players."

His accomplishments at Westmont include three Golden State Athletic Conference tournament championships and one regular season championship. Moore’s teams have made nine trips to the NAIA national tournament, including finishing as runner-up in 2015 and a NAIA semifinal appearance in 1999.

Moore has coached 33 All-GSAC players at Westmont, ten NAIA All-Americans, and 15 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In addition, each senior in his program has graduated with a degree from Westmont. He is a two-time GSAC Coach of the Year (1998-99, 2012-13) and was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year in 2015.

“We come to coach because there is a relational element which becomes more significant the deeper you get into it,” said Moore. “The success is always going to be meaningful.  We are competitors as coaches.  But there is a greater success that lies in a meaningful life.”

Moore first came to Westmont in 1976. He was a highly sought after point guard at Cypress College and has since been inducted into the Cypress College Athletic Hall of Fame. In May of 2011, Moore was honored as the Outstanding Alumnus of Cypress College.

Former Warrior coach Chet Kammerer recruited Moore and became one of the great influences on his life. Moore quickly fell in love with Westmont and also made an immediate impact on the basketball floor. He was named to the All-District team and All-Far West squad, and earned the Tom Byron Most Inspirational Player Award. His competitiveness and desire to win were always evident. During his senior year, Moore led the Warriors to the second round of the NAIA national tournament where the Warriors lost in double overtime. His career total of 422 assists ranks fourth at Westmont, despite playing only two years.

Moore has now coached on the collegiate level in four decades, beginning as an assistant at Santa Barbara City College under Frank Carbajal. He also coached at Azusa Pacific, where he earned a master’s degree in social science, and at Chapman College.

In 1988, Moore accepted the head coaching position at Fresno Pacific University. Starting with a team that had experienced six straight losing seasons, Moore guided the Sunbirds to an 18-13 record in his first season. In 1989-90 and 1990-91 Fresno Pacific won back-to-back GSAC regular-season titles. He was named the GSAC and NAIA District 3 Coach of the Year in 1990.

Moore returned to Westmont in 1993 to continue a Warrior tradition that has produced 17 trips to the national tournament and winning seasons in 45 of the past 47 years. (since the 1968-69 season).

Besides his coaching duties, Moore serves as an Associate Athletic Director and is also an Associate Professor of Kinesiology whose classes include Movement: Pedagogy and Leadership. Moore also serves on the NAIA Men’s Basketball Ratings Oversight Committee.

In the summer months, Moore runs the Westmont basketball camps and hosts Westmont’s high school basketball tournaments. Moore also has international experience, taking part in several tours throughout Asia, where he spent 10 years of his childhood. He has coached the junior national teams for the countries of Bangladesh and Sudan. Moore served as part of the USA Basketball Committee in 2002, helping to select the 19-and-under team which included such players as Carmello Anthony, Deron Williams and Christopher Bosh.

Moore comes from a basketball family. His brother Mike starred at Westmont in the mid-80’s, while his sister Beth was a member of UCLA’s national championship team in 1978. Moore’s wife, Rachel, served for several years as the director of her family’s Lavin Basketball Camps. Her brother, Steve, is the former head basketball coach at UCLA and a former college basketball analyist for ESPN. Since 2010, Lavin has served as the head coach for St. John’s (N.Y.).

Moore’s mother, Pat, is legendary at Westmont. Her enthusiasm at games has made her a fan favorite, especially with the student body. Mama Moore is known throughout the conference for her ability to rally the Westmont fans. She’s also been known to offer helpful suggestings to the officials from time to time. During the home game against Biola in the 2006-07 season, Mama Moore was uncharacteristically sitting on the coummunity side of Murchison Gymnasium behind the Warriors’ bench. The student body would have none of that. Two students crossed the gym floor and escorted her back to the student section, directly in the middle of cheering students.

John and Rachel have two daughters, Jacqueline who lives in New York, and Jessica (17) who is a senior at Santa Barbara High School.


JEFF AZAIN

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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"Jeff is a Warrior tried and true. The stability he brings to our program has been key to our success," said Coach Moore. "I don’t think there are a lot of programs where if the head coach had to step away, there wouldn’t be a drop-off at all. And I think that in our case that would certainly be the circumstance. I have an incredible amount of faith in Jeff and the players have great confidence in him."

Jeff Azain has been associated with Westmont basketball since 1983. That was the year he started his playing career for the Warriors. The 2013-14 season marks his twenty-third year on the Warrior coaching staff.

Azain transferred from Cal State Northridge to Westmont in 1983, and proceeded to play on two Warrior teams that advanced to the NAIA national tournament, including the Final Four team of 1984. He set Westmont’s all-time record for season field goal percentage in the 1984-85 season, shooting .676 from the field. He was a captain on the 1985-86 squad, and was named the recipient of the Tom Byron Most Inspirational Player Award.

In high school, Azain earned All-CIF honors at nearby San Marcos High School, and played on a team which advanced to the 1981 state championship game. He is a member of the San Marcos Athletic Hall of Fame.

In May of 2009, Azain was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame.

Besides his coaching duties, Azain serves as the Associate Director of Warrior Sports Associates. As such, he coordinates fundraising activities. He is also a vital link between the athletic department and its corporate sponsors.

Azain and his wife, Sandy, live in Santa Barbara and have two daughters, Allison and Erin.


ROB GOODROW

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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This season will be Goodrow’s ninth serving under head coach John Moore.

"It is an honor to be able to work at Westmont College," said Goodrow. "The Westmont men’s basketball program has one of the finest pedigrees of success in the nation at any level. I’m very fortunate to be a part of Coach Moore’s staff where striving for excellence in all facets of life is reflected and expected."

Prior to his time back at Westmont, Goodrow assumed the Director of Basketball Operations role at Utah Valley University for the 2011-12 season. The Wolverines won 20 games and the Great West Conference title, appearing in a national post-season tournament for the first time in their Division I history.

From 2005-2011, Goodrow was an assistant coach at Westmont primarily focused on recruiting, scouting, and individual player development. Goodrow got his start on the college level as an assistant coach at Division III Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana from 2003-2005.

"The best thing about being a basketball coach at Westmont is the caliber of basketball players we have in our program –  both in character and competitive performance," said Goodrow. They truly are ‘Warriors.’"

Goodrow is a native of Goleta and attended Dos Pueblos High School. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received his masters in physical education and coaching from Indiana State University.


LARRY KNAPP

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

"This is a great opportunity for me to work with these young men as well as with John and Jeff," said Coach Larry Knapp. "As an alumnus, I am aware that the men’s basketball program is an integral part of the school and am thankful to be a part of it."

During his tenure at Santa Barbara High School, Knapp served as coach for basketball, football and track. From 1965-87, Knapp posted a career record of 315-170 as a basketball coach. In 1987, Knapp was named the Channel League Coach of the Year. Knapp was also head of the history department at Santa Barbara High.

"Larry is very positive and enthusiastic," said head coach John Moore. "He is very experienced and knowledgeable about basketball, but brings a humble spirit to our program. He also brings a deep faith. He is wise spiritually and has been a great encourager and supporter of me personally."

While a student at Westmont, Knapp played basketball and competed in track and field. Larry and his wife Joan are parents of three adult children – Jon Knapp, Kristin Cole and Jennifer Wyckoff. They are also proud grandparents of Caroline, Olivia, Elise, Isabella, Kael and Lily.

ZAC ZEPPONI

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

This is Zac’s first year on the Westmont coaching staff.

Zepponi has spent the last nine years coaching and leading other collegiate programs. While he has been involved in many different basketball organizations, the most recent ones include Sonoma State, University of Hawaii Hilo, CSU San Marcos and Santa Barbara City College.
Zac grew up in Petaluma, California.

After moving around for different coaching positions, Zepponi moved to Santa Barbara (for the second time) nine months ago to begin working at Westmont.  

While he is heavily involved in the daily practice and game preparation for the men’s team, Zac focuses time scouting other teams as well as recruiting new players to the Westmont basketball program.

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