You would be hard-pressed to find a more passionate and tireless assistant coach in Division I basketball than Dave Moore. The adjectives consistent and successful are also accurate descriptions of the 19-year coach.
Having coached at every level of college basketball, the 2016-17 season is Moore's 10th at St. Bonaventure and 19th as an assistant coach. His energetic personality has carried over into the recruiting circuits as he has led recruitment efforts of high-caliber student-athletes both in the United States and internationally throughout his career.
Moore leads the St. Bonaventure player development and handles the scouting of opponents during the season. Moore’s intensity during practices and in one-on-one workouts helps drive St. Bonaventure players to progress quickly. The list of players he has helped develop into starters, All-Conference players and professionals is lengthy.
Moore’s dedication behind the scenes is just as intense as on the court. A true student of the game, Moore’s detailed scouting reports have helped the Bonnies become a consistent winner in the Atlantic 10. The team improved its conference win total in five straight seasons, culminating in the magical 2011-12 campaign. The Bonnies went 20-12 (10-6 Atlantic 10) and captured victories over Saint Joseph’s, Massachusetts and Xavier to win the Atlantic 10 Championship crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
Last season, he helped the Bonnies capture a share of their first Atlantic 10 regular season title, a school record 14 A-10 wins and a 22-9 overall record. St. Bonaventure earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NIT. Over the last three seasons, St. Bonaventure has won four consecutive games against Top 25 teams.
Moore’s focused attention on the team’s big men helped groom 2012 A-10 Player of the Year and AP Honorable Mention All-American Andrew Nicholson, who ended his career ranked second in school history in scoring (2,103 points) and fourth in rebounds (887). Under Moore's watch, Nicholson earned A-10 Rookie of Year honors in 2009 and was a three-time all-conference selection. Nicholson was selected by the Orlando Magic in the First Round (No. 19 overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft. He also helped develop center Youssou Ndoye into an All-Conference selection his senior year of 2014-15. Ndoye played for the D-League's Austin Spurs in 2015-16. 2016 graduate Dion Wright blossomed under Moore's tutelage from a little-known freshman into one of just 24 players in school history to surpass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. He has also helped Denzel Gregg blossom into the 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Co-Sixth Man of the Year.
Moore’s blue collar work ethic paid off for St. Bonaventure’s graduating senior class as his individual instruction helped Zarryon Fereti, Michael Lee and Tyler Relph all post career-best numbers in 2007-08. Lee’s efforts ultimately resulted in his selection to the NABC All-District second team, while all three signed professional contracts to play oversees.
Over his time at St. Bonaventure, a total of 19 former Bonnies have signed pro contracts.
Moore also served one season on the Robert Morris staff in 2006-07. While with the Colonials, Moore was integral in helping RMU to a 17-11 record and a fourth place finish in the Northeast Conference.
Prior to Robert Morris, Moore spent three years as an assistant varsity boy's basketball coach at Lakota East High School in West Chester, Ohio. In 2005, Lakota East posted a school record 18 wins and won the Cincinnati City Championship.
From 2000-02, Moore served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., specializing in game preparation. He also recruited the Memphis, Nashville, Cincinnati and New Orleans areas while coordinating individual instruction and the strength and conditioning program.
Between 1998 and 2000, Moore served was an assistant coach at the College of Mount Saint Joseph, an NCAA Division III institution in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moore helped lead Mount Saint Joseph’s to an 18-8 record – a record that stood until 2015.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Moore got his start in college coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, Bethel (Tenn.) College.
A 1998 graduate, he earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in secondary education. A four-year letter-winner as a guard at Bethel, Moore served as team captain during the 1996-97 season and led the club in both three-pointers and assists. Moore earned a master's degree in education from Christian Brothers in 2002.
Moore and his wife Erica have two children, Gracie and Cooper.