Emporia State Men's Basketball Coach Resigns

News release from Emporia State University on the resignation of men's basketball coach David Moe:

Emporia State University men’s basketball Coach David Moe has notified the University that he does not plan to return for the 2011-12 season. Moe just completed his tenth season at ESU.

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“It has been difficult for me and for my family to be separated for long periods of time throughout the year” said Coach Moe. “Trying to balance the responsibilities of being the head basketball coach at Emporia State, and my responsibilities as a husband and a father, has become more difficult as I see my sons and daughter grow up.”

Moe’s wife Cristi, sons Barry and Tommy and daughter Lyndie have been living in Delaware for the past three years. Moe plans to remain in the coaching profession, but will relocate closer to his family.

Moe was 162-126 in his ten years with the Hornets. He twice led ESU to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2007. He is the third winningest coach in Hornet basketball history behind ESU Hall of Honor members Gus Fish and Ron Slaymaker. He is one of just three coaches to take his team to every MIAA Post Season Tournament held in Kansas City and has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament in four of the last six years.

“Coach Moe has shared his talent and effort with ESU basketball for many years, and we’ll always be grateful to him for that” said Director of Athletics Kent Weiser. “He has led our men’s basketball program to heights previously unachieved.”

The Hornets finished the 2003-04 season 22-6, ranked #22 in the nation and made their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The 22 wins was a six game improvement on the floor for ESU over the previous year and an incredible 15 game turn around from the 2002 season. The Hornets were ranked as high as #8 in the nation during the 2006-07 season when they opened the year with a record setting 16 game winning streak.

The Hornets were 103-38 in White Auditorium under coach Moe. They have been ranked in the top 25 in the nation in average attendance in each of the last eight years.

The Hornets had three MIAA Freshmen of the Year during his tenure, matching MSSU for the most in the MIAA during that time. Brady Webb, Shawn Herrman and Wes Book were each named MIAA Freshman of the Year under Moe. In 2003 ESU had it's first ever MIAA Player of the Year, Robbie Ballard.

The ESU men are 14th among all NCAA Division II schools with 1,316 wins in 105 seasons of basketball.

Assistant Coach Wes Book will remain with the program, and will handle the day to day operations until a successor is named. The search for the new head coach will begin immediately.

David Moe's bio from www.emporia.edu/athletics

Things have come a long way since David Moe
was named Emporia State’s head coach on March 27, 2001. He inherited a team that had gone 9-17 the previous year and had not won a home conference game since February of 2000. In just two years Moe was named the Wilson/MIAA Coach of the Year after leading the Hornets to a second place finish in the always tough conference and has taken ESU to five straight winning seasons and it's first two NCAA Tournament berths.

The Hornets opened the 2006-07 season with a record setting 16-game winning streak and moving as high as No. 7 in the National Polls. That play early earned the Hornets their second bid in the NCAA Division II National Tournament in four seasons.

The Hornets finished the 2003-04 season 22-6, ranked #22 in the nation and made their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II
national tournament. The 22 wins was a six game improvement on the floor for ESU over the previous year and an incredible 15 game turn around from the 2002 season. The Hornets went 14-4 in the MIAA to set a school record for conference wins in a season. ESU’s home court, William L. White Auditorium, rocked as the Hornets went 15-0 at home, including wins over nationally ranked Washburn and 2004 Elite Eight team Northwest Missouri.

In addition to the on court turn around, the Hornets have begun to flourish in the classroom. Their 3.02 team GPA was the highest among ESU’s men’s teams in the fall of 2006.

Moe’s frantic pace has led to increased attendance at White Auditorium. After averaging between 1,100 and 1,500 fans from 1993-2002, the Hornets drew over 2,100 fans per game the last three seasons and ranked 13th in the nation in attendance in 2006-07. The Hornets outdrew 132 NCAA Division I teams last season, including five teams that made the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Moe is the 16th head men’s basketball coach and just the fourth coach since 1943 at Emporia State and has proven that hard work on the floor and good recruiting off it can lead to success. Hornets Brady Webb, Shawn Herrman and Wes Book have each been named MIAA Freshman of the Year under Moe and in 2003 ESU had it's first ever MIAA Player of the Year, Robbie Ballard.

At just 42 years of age, Moe has 15 years of experience at the NBA and NCAA Division I level. He had been an assistant at the University of Colorado since 1993. Prior to his stay in Boulder,
Moe was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. Other NBA experience includes work for the Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets.

Moe began his professional coaching career at Texas Tech from 1988-91. He was a graduate assistant at the University of Kansas when the Jayhawks won the NCAA National Championship in 1988 under then coach Larry Brown.

Prior to his arrival at ESU, Moe had spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. His responsibilities included on the floor coaching, coordinating recruiting visits, advanced scouting of opponents and overseeing the organization of basketball camps.

"Coach Moe has spent his life learning from the best basketball coaches in the country,” ESU Athletic Director Kent Weiser said. “He is held in high regard among his coaching peers and he brings unlimited potential to our men's basketball program.”

Basketball has been a large part of Moe’s life. His father, Doug, was the head coach of the Denver Nuggets for ten years and the Philadelphia 76ers for two years. The two are part of the famed Kansas-Carolina connection - Doug as a player at North Carolina and David as a graduate assistant at Kansas.

The 42-year old Moe is a native of Burlington, N.C. He prepped at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. and played college ball at current NCAA Division II member Catawba before finishing his degree at Texas Lutheran in 1986.

He is married to the former Cristi Griffin. The Moe’s have two sons, Barry and Tommy, and a daughter, Lyndi.