Dan Moore '06 enters his fourth season as head coach for the Knights' men's and women's cross country programs and as an assistant coach for the track & field teams in 2018-19.
Under Moore’s guidance, the Knights have solidified their reputation as one of the top distance programs in the country. The women made their 20th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in 2018, while the men qualified for their 16th-straight to extend Division III’s longest streak for one institution sending both its squads to the national championship meet.
Moore led both teams to back-to-back podium finishes in his first two seasons as head coach. The men placed second in 2016 for their highest finish ever after a third-place effort the year before. The women finished second in 2015 for their best finish since winning the 2005 national championship before taking third in 2016. Moore guided the 2018 women to their fourth top-five finish in five years with a fifth-place outcome, while the men logged their seventh top-10 finish since 2008 with a 10th-place showing.
Moore mentored the most decorated student-athlete in Geneseo history. Isaac Garcia-Cassani ’18 graduated a 13-time All-American, including four total national championships in track & field as well as three-straight top-10 NCAA Cross Country finishes. The 2017 and 2018 outdoor 1,500-meter national champion also won the indoor mile in 2017 before anchoring the Knights’ national champion distance medley relay a year later. He also posted the sixth-fastest 1,500 (3:42.66) in Division III history and nearly broke the four-minute mile plateau (4:01.35) during his senior campaign.
THE DAN MOORE FILE
NCAA Cross Country Championship Appearances (Finish)
Men: 2018 (10th), 2017 (11th), 2016 (2nd), 2015 (3rd)
All-Americans: Sean McAneny (2018 - 22nd), Isaac Garcia-Cassani (2017 – 6th, 2016 – 4th, 2015 – 8th)
Women: 2018 (5th), 2017 (6th), 2016 (3rd), 2015 (2nd)
All-Americans: Genny Corcoran (2018 - 20th), Elise Ramirez (2018 - 25th), 2017 - Kristen Homeyer (2017 – 32nd), Sara Rosenzweig (2016 – 28th), Jacquie Huben (2015 - 29th)
Atlantic Region Cross Country Championships
Six-Time Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Men: 2017, 2016, 2015
Individual Champions: Isaac Garcia-Cassani (2016, 2015)
Women: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Individual Champions: Elise Ramirez (2018)
SUNYAC Cross Country Championships
Seven-Time SUNYAC Coach of the Year
Men: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Women: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Moore spent a year as the Knights assistant coach in 2014-15, helping Cassie Goodman '15 cross an All-America 20th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships as the team placed fifth. He spent the previous academic year as associate head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at St. John Fisher College in the nearby Rochester, N.Y. suburb of Pittsford. In only the program's third year as a varsity program, he helped coach the Cardinals' first-ever NCAA Championship qualifier, Devin Cornelius, who finished 11th at the indoor nationals in the heptathlon as well as 11th at outdoor nationals in the decathlon.
Moore previously served as an assistant cross country/track & field coach at Geneseo from 2011-2013. He was a part of a men's cross country season that saw the Knights notch their highest NCAA finish ever with a fourth-place effort in 2011 that included a runner-up individual finish by Lee Berube '12. Geneseo also compiled a near-perfect 17-point team score to win the SUNYAC Team Championship, before going on to finish first at the SUNYAC indoor meet and second outdoors. The following year, the squad also won the third of four-straight cross country titles.
Also a certified high school psychologist, Moore spent four years working and coaching in the Wayland-Cohocton school district from 2008-2012. During his coaching tenure, he led the girls' cross country team to their first two Section V Class C Championships (2010, 2011) ever, before also guiding the squad to fourth place at the New York State Championships both years. The boys also won a Section V Class C title in 2011 after finishing runner-up in 2010. In track & field, he coached the girls' to outdoor team sectional championships in 2009 and 2012 as well as an indoor title in 2012. Individually, he saw the program's first-ever All-American crowned as Cohen Miles-Rath finished sixth in the 5,000 meters at the 2011 New Balance Outdoor National Championships.
Moore's first coaching experience came as a graduate assistant at Alfred University from 2006-2008. Serving as a volunteer assistant with the cross country and track & field squads, he helped lead the women's cross country team to its highest finish ever (2nd) at the Empire 8 Championships, while six track & field school records were broken while he was on staff.
Moore was a standout distance runner during his undergraduate days at Geneseo, captaining the 2005 cross country squad to the SUNYAC Championship with a fourth-place individual finish, while finishing second for the Knights during the team's 20th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. As a junior, he was also a part of the squad that finished 20th at the NCAA Championships, and also finished 14th during the Knights' run to the SUNYAC title. On the track, he was the SUNYAC runner-up in the 5,000 both indoors and outdoors as a senior, while he also added a leg to the conference-champion distance medley relay during his junior indoor campaign.
A world-class triathlete, he was named a First-Team All-World Ironman and a USA Triathlon All-American in 2013 after finishing the year in the top-one percent of all competitors in the 30-34 year-old age group. He competed in the 2013 Half Ironman World Championships and has completed three half Ironman and two full Ironman triathlons as well. Also a competitive road racer, he landed Rochester (N.Y.) Runner of the Year honors in 2009. Moore also was a member of the Genesee Valley Harriers Track Club, finishing as the team's top runner at the USATF Cross Country Club National Championships in 2007.
Moore earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Geneseo in 2006, before completing a master's degree in school psychology, as well as a certificate of advanced study in school psychology from Alfred University in 2008 and 2009, respectively. He holds a USTFCCCA Level II Certification in Combined Events as well as a USATF Level II Certification in Endurance.
A native of Lakewood, N.Y., he is currently resides in Rochester.