An NCAA berth, five conference championships, and five Coach of the Year honors. That is what Middle Tennessee head golf coach Johnny Moore has accomplished in 14 years at the helm. One of the most respected coaches in collegiate golf, Moore is in his 15th campaign as head coach at his alma mater.
Moore was inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 2001.
During the 1999-2000 season, Moore guided his troops to a No. 35 ranking by GolfStat and a No. 42 ranking by Sagarin in the fall, which is the highest ranking the Blue Raiders have ever received. 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 nations 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 Golf Week; 50th by MasterCard).
Under Moore, the Blue Raiders won three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference titles from 1994 to 1996, 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors. He 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, NC.
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 two granddaughters, Sydney John Volkert and Chapel Anne Volkert. The Moores are members of Belle Aire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.