Courtesy of Elizabethtown Athletic Communications
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Britt Moore's collegiate playing career began at Elizabethtown College. Now in the coaching profession, his journey is coming full circle. Moore was named the 12th head coach in Blue Jays men's basketball history, Monday.
Moore spent the past six seasons as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, taking his Panther teams to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Tournament each season.
"This is surreal," said Moore. "I want to thank [Director of Athletics] Chris Morgan and the search committee for entrusting me with this opportunity. Elizabethtown has always been a special place for me and it is truly an honor to be the next head coach of the Blue Jays men's basketball program. This program has a storied history and I know living up to Coach [Bob] Schlosser's incredible legacy won't be easy, but I am ready for the challenge."
"We were fortunate to have a strong pool of candidates for our men's basketball position and Britt stood out amongst the group," said Morgan. "His desire to help student-athletes succeed both on and off the court is an extremely important quality for our program. Britt is an organized professional, who will be an asset to our department and the College. We're thrilled to have him join our team and look forward to working with, and supporting, him as he leads our program."
Pitt-Bradford averaged 13 wins per season under Moore and advanced to the AMCC semifinals in 2013 and 2016.
Moore made an immediate impact on the Panthers in 2011-12, his first season as head coach. Pitt-Bradford, which returned just 14 percent of its scoring from 2010-11, finished in the top 25 of Division III in free throw percentage and reached the AMCC quarterfinals. Two of Moore's players received all-conference recognition.
In 2012-13, Moore led the program to its best start in more than two decades and a 13-13 overall record. The Panthers showed a knack for the dramatic, twice rallying from 19 points down to win in overtime and going 3-0 in the final week of AMCC play to snare a spot in the conference tournament.
Moore's best season in Bradford came a year later, in 2013-14. The Panthers went 16-11 and reached the AMCC semifinals after eliminating La Roche in the quarters. His teams won 10 games or more in all six of his seasons with the Panthers and Moore totaled 78 victories overall.
Moore developed four 1,000-point scorers in Keith Burgess, Tyler Ferguson, Evan Greening and Eric Matheson, and 11 players earned All-AMCC honors under his guidance. Pitt-Bradford was the only team in the league with two All-AMCC First Team picks (Matheson and Greening) in 2015-16. Greening also captured a spot on the D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region Second Team and was a member of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team.
Prior to heading west, Moore was an assistant coach at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, for five seasons, including the final two as associate head coach to Rick Ferry. Moore was involved in the day-to-day operations of a program that enjoyed four winning seasons in five years. Albright went 80-48 during Moore's time with the team, including 21-6 in 2009-10 when the Lions won the MAC Commonwealth Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Moore started his coaching career as an assistant at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, spending the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons with the Cougars.
Moore, originally from West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, played in 25 games for Elizabethtown as a sophomore in 2000-01. The Blue Jays went 20-6 –just the second 20-win season in team history—and finished as MAC Commonwealth Conference runners-up.
Moore eventually moved back to the Wilkes-Barre area to be closer to family, ending his playing career at King's College, where he was a two-time letter winner from 2002-04. Moore led the MAC Freedom Conference in field goal and three-point field goal percentage as a junior in 2002-03, and led the Monarchs to consecutive postseason appearances in 2002-03 and 2003-04. He was also a member of the MAC's All-Academic team.
"I want Thompson Gymnasium to be the hardest place to play in the Landmark," Moore added. "That starts with our current players and incoming recruits working towards next season, and then continuing to recruit and develop the whole student-athlete for Elizabethtown College. Growing up, coaches were influential figures in my life and I hope to have that same type of impact for our men's basketball players."
Moore graduated from King's College in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in communications and earned his master's degree in sport management from Drexel University in 2010.
Moore and wife, Kristy, have two children, Katie and Ellis.