A bona fide legend in the college football coaching ranks, Jerry Moore just completed his 20th season at the helm of Appalachian State University’s football program.
In 20 seasons at Appalachian, Moore has compiled a 178-73 record, making him the winningest coach in Southern Conference history. In 27 years as a head coach, he is 205-121-2, making him one of only four active NCAA Division I FCS head coaches with 200 career victories and 23rd among all NCAA Division I coaches (FCS or FBS) in all-time victories.
Despite the success that Moore has enjoyed at nearly every stop of his 48-year coaching career, the past four seasons have cemented his standing as one of the game’s all-time great mentors.
Moore led Appalachian to three-consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS — formerly Division I-AA) national titles from 2005-07, making ASU the first program to ever win three-straight championships at the FCS/I-AA level and the first Division I program, FCS or FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision — formerly Division I-A) to accomplish the feat in 61 years. Moore also led Appalachian to its fourth-straight SoCon title with a perfect 8-0 conference record in 2008, marking just the fourth time in the 76-year history of the venerable league that a team has won four championships in a row.Since the beginning of the title run in 2005, Moore’s Mountaineers compiled a 50-9 record and etched themselves in the record books with a number of other “firsts.” Most notably, the Apps became the first institution from the state of North Carolina to ever win an NCAA football championship at any level when it defeated Northern Iowa, 21-16, in the 2005 Division I-AA national title game — a feat they repeated with wins over Massachusetts (28-17) and Delaware (49-21) in the 2006 and ‘07 NCAA Division I national championship tilts. Additionally, Appalachian became a household name when Moore led his troops to perhaps the biggest upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The victory over the Wolverines, college football’s all-time winningest program which came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press’ Top 25 college football poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent.
However, Moore’s success at ASU did not begin in 2005, as the Mountaineers’ triumphs over the past four seasons has enhanced Moore’s standing as one of the nation’s finest coaches rather than defined it. In addition to racking up 178 victories at ASU – 68 more than the second-winningest coach in SoCon history, legendary Duke mentor Wallace Wade – Moore has led ASU to seven conference championships and 14 postseason appearances.
In his 20 seasons at ASU, 54 of his players have earned all-America recognition a total of 76 times.Moore is no stranger to individual awards himself, as he is a three-time American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007) and the only Division I (FCS or FBS) mentor in the 74-year history of the award to win it three years in a row. He also won the 2006 Eddie Robinson Award (National Coach of the Year) from The Sports Network, is a five-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008) and record six-time SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008). In addition to his 20-year tenure at ASU, Moore served as head coach at North Texas (1979-80) and Texas Tech (1981-85) and spent 15 seasons on the staffs of legendary mentors Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne and Ken Hatfield at SMU (1965-72), Nebraska (1973-78) and Arkansas (1988).
Moore began his coaching career with four seasons as an assistant at Corsicana H.S. in Texas after graduating from Baylor in 1961. At Baylor, he finished among the nation’s top 10 in receptions as a wide receiver and was a team captain for the 11th-ranked Bears as a senior.
A devoted family man and active member of the High Country community, Moore is married to the former Margaret Starnes, also a Baylor alum. They have three children: Chris – ASU’s running backs coach – Scott and Elizabeth, and six grandchildren.
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