Moore out as FSU basketball coach

Kevin Moore has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Fredonia State men’s basketball team.

Moore spent 12 seasons with the Blue Devils and was named 2008-09 SUNYAC Coach of the Year after guiding the team to an 18-10 overall record and 10-6 in the SUNYAC. The team finished fifth in the regular-season standings, defeated Oneonta and Cortland in the conference tournament and fell to Brockport in the championship game that year.

The team finished 6-18 overall and 3-15 in SUNYAC play in 2010-11, and posted a 7-17 overall mark and 3-15 record in the conference this past year.

“All I can say is Kevin has done good work for Fredonia State,” athletic director Greg Prechtl told the OBSERVER on Monday. “It’s always a difficult decision when you’re changing leadership. Pretty much, the university decided to move in a new direction. We appreciate all his efforts on behalf of the university.”

Moore was hired at Fredonia State before the 2001-02 school year. His coaching career began in 1983 at Pennsylvania’s Mansfield University as an assistant basketball coach for three years. He then moved to Alfred University, where he was an assistant coach and assistant athletic director during the 1986-87 academic year. In July of 1987, Moore began an eight-year engagement as head basketball coach and coordinator of physical education at Elmira College. Under his guidance, the Soaring Eagles made five postseason appearances. His 1994 team won the ECAC Upstate New York championship, and his 1995 squad appeared in the NCAA Division III tournament, according to the Fredonia State University website.

Moore accumulated a 117-181 record while at Fredonia State.

Now, Fredonia State begins the search for its 12th coach in the program’s history.

“We want someone who can bring excitement to the program and works well with kids and is committed to the community,” Prechtl said. “(We want someone) who gives us an opportunity to compete successfully. Basically, that’s what we are looking for.”