Former Penn State wrestler Scott Moore was named head coach of the Lock Haven wrestling program Monday.
Moore, a two-time All-American who holds the Penn State record for victories in a season (54), replaces Robbie Waller, who was released by the university in May.
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity of restoring the wrestling tradition at Lock Haven University,” Moore said in a press release. “The future success of this program will be a collaborative effort from the staff, administration, and supporters.”
Moore went 112-29 in three seasons at Penn State and added pinning prowess to the Nittany Lion lineup. He finished fourth in the NCAA tournament in 2003 and compiled 21 falls that season in 63 bouts. He continued his wrestling career at Virginia and earned his second All-America honor when he finished third in the 2004 NCAA tournament.
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Moore coached with Waller the past three seasons, helping the Bald Eagles to a 7-6 record in 2012-13, their first winning mark since 2007-08, and was the interim head coach during the coaching search spearheaded by recently-named athletic director Mark Sherburne. Moore also coached at Virginia before his return to central Pennsylvania.
“I am excited that Scott Moore has accepted the position of head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University,” Sherburne said in the release. “His background within the sport, coaching experience, commitment to excellence, strong Pennsylvania recruiting ties and network, vision for the program and passion for LHU and the sport of wrestling are key assets that will facilitate the growth and success of our program moving forward.”
John Hughes, a former Penn State wrestler and assistant coach and currently the associate head coach at Lehigh, and Central Michigan assistant coach Jason Mester were also finalists for the Lock Haven job.