Virginia Wrestling Names All-American Scott Moore Assistant Coach
May 6, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head wrestling coach Lenny Bernstein has announced the addition of Scott Moore to the UVa wrestling coaching staff. Moore, who recently finished one of the most decorated seasons ever in collegiate wrestling for the Cavaliers, will now serve as Bernstein’s second assistant on his coaching staff. Moore joins Bernstein and current UVa assistant wrestling coach Pat McNamara on the staff.
“It is only fitting that the most successful wrestler in UVa history accepts the job to make this the most successful program in UVa history,” said Bernstein. “His drive, determination, and competitiveness will help Scott as he teaches our wrestlers some of the secrets of his success. We are very excited in the passion and energy which Scott possesses and we believe he will be an excellent addition to our staff.”
At Virginia, Moore finished the 2003-04 season with a record of 51-1 overall, 17-0 in dual match action with 34 wins coming by fall. He also recorded four technical falls wins and two major decision victories. Moore placed third in the 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis Missouri and became just one of nine All-American wrestlers ever to come from UVa (along with teammate Tim Foley). He was ranked #1 in the country for most of the season and was the top seed at 141-pounds at the NCAA Championships.
Moore etched his names into numerous categories in the UVa wrestling record books. He shattered both the single-season and career records for most falls at Virginia in just one year as a Cavalier. Moore’s 34 falls this past season broke the former UVa single-season record of 11 and the career record of 28 falls. His 51 single-season wins this past year ranks him first all-time at Virginia for most wins in a single season and his 17 dual matches wins this past season is the second best mark ever at UVa. Moore’s .981 winning percentage this past season is the second best winning percentage for a single season at Virginia. Moore also set the Virginia school record for most matches competed in for a single season with 52 and ranks tied for fourth all-time at UVa for most dual matches competed in for a single season with 17.
Moore was named the ACC Wrestler of the Week four times this past season and took first place or won all seven events/competitions he competed in during the regular season. He took first place at the Mat Jam ACC Wrestling Championships, the Michigan State Open, Cornell’s Body Bar Invitational, the Mat Town USA Invitational, the Collegiate Beast of the East, UNC Greensboro’s South Scuffle, the Virginia Intercollegiate State Wrestling Championships and won his match at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic.
McNamara, who recently completed his first season as an assistant wrestling coach at UVa, will now serve as Bernstein’s top assistant. McNamara was instrumental in Virginia’s success in 2003-04 when he and Bernstein guided the Cavaliers to a record of 10-7 overall, 3-1 in the ACC. McNamara was also important in aiding the development and progress that Moore made in his recent All-American season.
“Moving Pat up from second assistant to our first assistant was an easy decision for me,” said Bernstein. “Pat is the type of coach who will do anything for his wrestlers. His dedication is unmatched whether it comes to recruiting, coaching or working extra with our wrestlers. I feel strongly that Pat will help us reach heights that the UVa program has yet to reach. This move also helps in solidifying his stay at Virginia for years to come.”
McNamara will replace Jim Stanec on the coaching staff. Stanec recently completed his second season as an assistant coach on Bernstein’s staff and has decided to further his education and will opt to work on a degree in Engineering at UVa. He will remain involved with wrestling while assisting the Charlottesville Wrestling Club while attending graduate school at Virginia.
“Jim has done a tremendous job here at UVa in the two years he has been helping the program,” said Bernstein. “When he came to me back in the winter to let me know his plans for graduate school, I tried to get him to commit another year as an assistant coach. This Spring, after telling me he determined to be here for grad school and would still be able to help out in the office and with the club, it put my mind at ease. His help with the wrestling renovations and his relentless recruiting and work ethic makes him a tremendous coach. I am sure he will be successful in any walk of life he takes.”
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