UAlbany Mourns The Loss Of Former AD William Moore

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany community mourns the loss of former Director of Athletics Dr. William M. Moore, who passed away overnight December 22nd at the age of 87.  Dr. Moore was a driving force behind a great deal of growth in the UAlbany Athletic Department during his tenure from 1983 to 1993.

During his decade of service at UAlbany, Moore oversaw the construction of both SEFCU Arena and The Bubble, created the Athletic Hall of Fame, and moved athletics funding under State of New York governance.

He was also chair of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Capital District Chapter, and a member of the Albany Police Athletic League’s Board of Directors. Moore was inducted into UAlbany’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

Moore began his 57-year career in athletic administration at Shepherd State College in 1951 where he was the athletics director and head football and basketball coach. In 1953, Moore took on coaching roles at Central Connecticut State University. There, he went on to serve as the director of athletics, health, and physical education for 21 years (1962-83) before taking the AD position for the Great Danes.

After 10 years at UAlbany, Moore became the commissioner of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The Great Danes competed in that league as a Division II program before upgrading to Division I. 

Prior to retirement, Moore served as the first independent commissioner of the Little East Conference, directing the league's 19 championship sports between 2000 and 2008. 

Aside from his athletics director experience, Moore also served on numerous athletics committees, including the NCAA Postseason Football Committee and the NCAA Legislative Interpretations Committee. He was the president of the Eastern College Basketball Association from 1979-81, the president of the Eastern College Athletic Conference in 1985-86, and a member of the ECAC Division III Basketball Selection Committee.

A 2008 inductee into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, Moore is also a member of the Athletics Halls of Fame at Central Connecticut State and in Cleveland, Tennessee. In 1993, he was awarded the Josten's Distinguished Service Award, and in 1997, Moore received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation.

Moore was a 1948 graduate of Tennessee Tech and received his Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee a year later.  He received his doctorate from Michigan.

Moore and his wife Kitty recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.