Rice Institute football and basketball coach and Rice University Assistant Athletic Director Charlie Moore
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football and basketball coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Rice University Charlie Moore, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: CHARLIE MOORE was the first Rice coach met by nine years of Rice football and basketball student-athletes. The only freshman coach in two sports for Jess Neely’s Owls for nine years, coach Moore’s Owlets earned unofficial Southwest Conference leadership in both freshman sports more than one. Moore arrived at Rice in the fall of 1934 from high school in San Antonio and went on to captain the 1937 SWC champions. Rice defeated Colorado 28-14 in the 1938 Cotton Bowl, Rice’s first bowl appearance. Following graduation from Rice, in 1938, Moore was married to the former Margaret Rebecca Perry and entered the high school coaching ranks shortly thereafter. He coached first at Robstown, before taking Waco High School to the state championship game. World War II saw a break in Moore’s coaching career when he joined the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant on a destroyer in the Mediterranean. While participating in the ‘Operation Husky’ landings in Sicily, Moore was able to warn his captain of the impending attack of a German torpedo plane in time to avoid one of the torpedoes. He was commended by the U.S. Navy for his alertness in this episode, saving his ship for further action in the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy, in 1943. After discharge from the navy, Moore returned to the Corpus Christi area as head coach at Corpus Christi High School (now Corpus Christi Miller) before being called to Rice in 1948 to join Red Bale and Joe David on Neely’s staff. This began a career of 34 years on the athletics staff of Rice. Following the nine years as the sole freshman coach of football and basketball, Moore joined Davis and Bale as the varsity line coaches for Rice in 1957, serving under head coaches Neely, Bo Hagan and Al Conover. He moved into the role of assistant athletic director in 1972. The new responsibilities took Moore away from on-the-field coaching duties for the first time in more than three decades as he pitched in to the multi-faceted position of oversight of the many details of the Owls’ athletic facilities, as well as scouting duties for Conover. Later, Moore added the duties of fund-raiser for the athletic department. Moore retired from the University in 1982 after 34 years of service to his University.
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