Dan Moore '06 enters his first season as head coach for the Knights' men's and women's cross country program in 2015. After returning to his alma mater last fall for his second stint as an assistant for Geneseo's cross country and track & field programs, he was elevated to take over the cross country program following the retirement of Mike Woods '69 after 23 years.
Under Moore's watch, the 2014 Knights' cross country teams extended Division III's longest streak of qualifying both its men's and women's squads for the NCAA Championships, with the women making their 16th-straight showing and the men running to their 12th in a row. Senior Cassie Goodman was named an All-American after crossing the finish line in 20th place to lead Geneseo to fifth place in the women's race, while the Knights' men landed 27th. Both squads also were crowned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Champions, with the women winning their 14th title in 15 years and the men clinching their fifth in the last six.
Moore also helped coach first-year Isaac Garcia-Cassani to an All-America third-place showing in the mile at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, as well as senior Keira Wood, who competed in the 800-meter run. The Geneseo women finished runner-up at the SUNYAC Indoor Championships, led by first-place performances by Wood (mile) and senior Joanna Castrogivanni (5,000) as well as runner-up showings by sophomore Marissa Bellusci (3,000) and sophomore Joanna Heath (high jump).
Moore spent the 2013-14 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 (currently a senior at Geneseo) 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 hold 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.