The University of West Georgia announced Dave Moore as its new basketball coach on April 16, 2018, as the ninth head coach in the program’s history.
In his first season at the helm of the UWG program, Moore and the Wolves had a solid campaign, reaching the Gulf South Conference tournament as the 6th seed, which was the highest seeding for the Wolves since 2016. West Georgia finished at 17-12 overall in the first year under Moore, including a 12-8 record against Gulf South Conference competition.
Throughout the season, Moore's team produced the GSC Player of the Week six times with senior Marquill Smith and the GSC Freshman of the Week twice with Jared Simmons. Smith had one of the most outstanding individual years in school history, leading the Gulf South Conference and ranking among the top-five nationally in scoring with 27.3 points per game. That scoring average was good for fifth all-time in a single season in the GSC and second at UWG. He finished his career averaging 25.2 points per game, which is good for third all-time in the Gulf South Conference.
At the conclusion of the season, Smith was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year and First Team D2CCA All-Region. The accolades continued with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, as Smith was named First Team All-South District and as one of 16 All-Americans by the NABC.
Moore came to Carrollton after 10 years as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y. His resume features 20 years of experience as an assistant coach in NCAA Divisions I, II and III basketball, as well as a short stint at the NAIA level.
In his last five years at St. Bonaventure, the Bonnies won at least 18 games in each season, culminating with a school-record 26 wins in 2017-18. That 26-win season includes a victory over the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the First Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Credited as a passionate and detail-oriented assistant at St. Bonaventure, Moore was responsible for a consistent and successful player development program as well as taking on the opponent scouting duties during the season.
A true student of the game, Moore helped guide 21 players to sign professional contracts, including Andrew Nicholson, who was the 19th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Moore was integral in day-to-day game preparation as well as recruiting efforts that helped take a program from 15 wins in 2007-08 to 26 wins in 2017-18.
Prior to his time at St. Bonaventure, Moore spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant at Division I Robert Morris University, where he managed skill development, scouting and recruiting. He also will fully understand the rigors of Gulf South Conference basketball, as Moore spent two seasons from 2000-02 on the staff at GSC rival Christian Brothers University, where he specialized in game preparation with film breakdown and scouting opponents.
Moore’s first collegiate basketball coaching experience came at his alma mater, Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., in the 1997-98 season. He moved into the NCAA ranks in 1998, taking an assistant coach position at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As a player, Moore was awarded a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Bethel, where he played for four years. In the 1996-97 season, Moore was named a Scholar-Athlete by the TranSouth Conference. In that year, Moore was the team captain and led Bethel in assists. Moore graduated from Bethel in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in secondary education. He received his master’s degree in education from Christian Brothers University in 2002. Moore and his wife Erica have two children, Gracie and Cooper.
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