For almost two decades, men's golf head coach Johnny Moore has proven that excellence occurs both on and off the course. The veteran coach has become an institution, and under his tutelage the Blue Raider program has enjoyed tremendous success both in the classroom and on the course.
In his 18th season as head coach of his alma mater, Moore - a five-time Coach of the Year - has guided the Middle Tennessee golf program to a NCAA Tournament berth, five conference championships, and nine additional tournament team championships. During his tenure at Middle Tennessee, Moore has produced five Golfers of the Year, and his players have earned first-team All-Conference 17 times.
Middle Tennessee's success under Moore is not limited to the golf course. Blue Raider golfers have earned 21 academic honors since Middle Tennessee joined the Sun Belt in 2001 with 17 landing on the SBC Academic Honor Roll, and the program also has produced four players on the SBC Commissioner's List during this time. Middle Tennessee earned the SBC's Team Academic Award in 2003-04 and 2004-05, and three different linksters have achieved the league's Sportsmanship Award.
Moore's teams also have had a history of being competitive not only during conference tournaments but also throughout the season. Moore's teams have produced 15 first-place finishes, 13 second-place finishes, and 15 third-place finishes. In all, the Blue Raiders have finished fifth place or higher 70 times.
Success, indeed, has been synonymous with the Moore era at Middle Tennessee, but that should not come as a surprise from a man who was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 2001.
Moore guided Middle Tennessee to one of its best stretches during the 1999-2000 season, when the Blue Raiders were ranked No. 35 by GolfStat and earned a No. 42 ranking by Sagarin in the fall, which is their highest ranking ever. The team finished in the top three of all four fall tournaments and ended 1999 with two golfers (Brett Alexander and J.R. Wade) ranked among the nation's top 80. The 2000 spring season saw more of the same as the Blue Raiders finished second or better in three straight tournaments while earning a trip to Moosic, Pa., for the NCAA Regionals. The Blue Raiders completed the 1999-2000 season ranked in the Top 50 of both major golf polls for the first time in school history (46th by Golfweek; 50th by MasterCard).
Under Moore, the Blue Raiders won three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference titles from 1994 to 1996, and then won the championship again in 1998 and 2000. For his efforts, Moore was named OVC Coach of the Year in each of those seasons. During his 11 seasons in the OVC, Moore coached five OVC Golfers of the Year and 11 All-OVC players.
In the summer of 1997, Moore received a promotion. In addition to his duties as head golf coach, he is also coordinator of Olympic Sports at Middle Tennessee, administrating baseball, golf, tennis, and track.
A former two-time Nashville Metropolitan Open Champion and one of the top-rated amateur golfers in Tennessee, Moore qualified and participated in the United States Senior Open in 1990, which was won by Lee Trevino.
For over 30 years, Moore has been a member of the Tennessee Golf Association Board of Directors. He is also a past president and was appointed a member of the Sectional Affairs Committee of the United States Golf Association seven years ago.
Moore is also known as a fine teacher of the game. He is active in instructing junior golfers at various summer camps across the southeast. He has worked as an instructor at the Tennessee P.G.A., Georgia Golf Association, and University of Alabama golf camps, as well as at Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer camps in Pine Needles, N.C.
After he graduated from Issac Litton High School in Nashville, Tenn., Moore became a standout on the Blue Raider football and golf teams following a stint at Wake Forest. Moore was listed in the MT Football Press Guide as a big and rangy halfback. He played in the 1960 Tangerine (now Citrus) Bowl victory over Presbyterian (21-12).
After graduating from Middle Tennessee with a B.S. degree in business administration in 1961, Moore spent two years in the U.S. Army. He was president of Garrett-Moore Inc., prior to accepting his current position at the helm of the Blue Raider golf program.
Moore is married to the former Andrea Jo Lehning of Nashville. They have four children: Laura, Anne Marie, Johnny, and Mike; and three granddaughters, Sydney John Volkert, Chapel Anne Volkert, and Maclaine Moore Volkert.
The Moores are members of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.