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Climbing the Coaching Ladder: Carrie Moore

Monday, February 23, 2009

Carrie Moore
is in her first year at Princeton as the program's first-ever Director of Women's Basketball Operations. The Lathrup Village, Michigan native was a high school All-American at Detroit Country Day, a school whose alumni includes Chris Webber and Shane Battier of NBA fame.

Moore went on to an illustrious collegiate career at Western Michigan University, where she was a four-year letterwinner, earning three First Team All-Mid-American Conference nods after being selected to the All-MAC Freshman Team in her first season. As a senior, Moore became the only Mid-American Conference women's basketball player ever to capture the NCAA Division I scoring crown, averaging 25.4 points per game, as she led the nation in that category from start to finish.

In addition to receiving the 2007 MAC Player of the Year award, Moore was named first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America and was a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. She graduated from Western Michigan magna cum ladue with a journalism degree in 2007.

After graduation, Moore signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBCA before signing a professional contract with KSSSE AZA PWSZ Gorzow Wielkopolski in Gorzow, Poland for the Polish Professional Women's Basketball League (PLLK).

What inspired you to get involved in coaching?

The game of basketball has given my life so much and taken me so many places. I just feel as if the time is now right to finally give back to the sport I love. I have also been blessed to have some great coaches in my life and have witnessed the effect they've had on me, and many others, and I'd like to have that same effect on young girls today that are passionate about the game. I feel that becoming the first-ever Director of Women's Basketball Operations here at Princeton will open doors for me in the coaching field, and I can't wait to see what is in store for my future.

What has drawn you to the Ivy League?

The position here at Princeton came about at a pretty unique time midway during the season. Ironically, the position opened up at a time in my life where I was looking to make the jump from player to coach/operations. I came out to New Jersey for my interview and was immediately sold on the unique young women that make up our team here, and the youth and energy in the staff I work with everyday. I was, and continue to be, amazed at the personalities of the girls here and enjoy being a part of an institution that prides itself on promoting the true student-athlete college experience.

What are some things that were not expected, or have taken you by surprise so far here as a coach in the League?

I anticipated the work load of our players to be immense, but since I've been here, I've experienced their tremendous work ethic firsthand, both on and off the court, and have developed a tremendous amount of respect for each one of them. I also was not aware of the type of commitment that goes into coaching/operations before I was thrown into it all. Developing a successful college program is not an easy task!

Given the resources, what is something you would change with regards to your job?

I would definitely increase the pay! Coaches/Operations people do not get paid even close to what they should, considering the hours and hours put in everyday on the job. I would also change the rule that restricts Operations staff to get on the court with the girls in practice. That is a part of a coaching position that I can't wait to be a part of.

What are some of your goals and aspirations?

I have plenty of goals and aspirations! I definitely want become an assistant coach within the next two or three years, and a head coach by the time I,m 33. I never made it to the NCAA Tournament as a player, but a goal of mine is to make it there one day as a coach. Thinking on an even larger scale, I'd love to coach at a Big Ten/Big East University and make it to the Final Four! But most of all, I want to be the best I can be at what I'm doing now, which is here at Princeton as the Director of Basketball Operations. I hope to help bring this program the most success it's had in years and be a part of something special here before I even think about moving forward.

Based on your experiences, what can you say to help improve opportunities for minorities in college athletic administration and coaching?

All I can say is if you want something, give it your all and go for it. Anything is possible in this country and if America can elect an African-American President, the sky is the limit for aspiring coaches of color!

The Ivy League takes great pride in honoring February as Black History month. For all of the inspiring stories about former athletes that helped shape movements within African-American history, please check out Ivy Black History.