The goal of the new Coach Billy Moore Athletic Fund is to provide long-term support of the fundamentals associated with football, wrestling and baseball, the sports he coached at area high schools for more than 30 years.
This year’s Tippecanoe High School football seniors have dedicated the football season to Coach Moore, who died at age 62 on April 20.
A pass the hat collection to support the fund was held during the Sept. 6 game versus Greenville when team members who had been coached by Moore carried a special banner to four of the coach’s former athletes from Tipp City and Vandalia. The banner will hang in the local stadium in honor of Coach Moore.
Other pass the hat collections are planned during homecoming and at the last game of the season.
Coach Moore’s daughter, Denise Moore, said the fund was formed in May under the Tipp City Area Community Foundations.
Her father emphasized during his decades of coaching the three sports in Troy, Tipp City and Vandalia that fundamentals are the key to success, Denise Moore said.
The fund is being built with donations and in the future will offer a source of money for coaches to request to support activities related to the three sports at Tippecanoe High School. The requests could cover a bus trip or a team dinner or whatever else might be needed to ensure the fundamentals are met and maintained.
“It is giving back to the kids,” said Denise Moore, who teaches French in the Tipp City Schools.
Her parents both were teachers. Her mother, Vicki Moore, taught biology and anatomy and her father, life science. They taught in the Vandalia Butler schools.
Billy Moore coached football, wrestling and baseball at Butler High School and football at Troy High School. A linebackers’ coach, he coached his last three years of football at Tipp City.
Some of the young men he coached in Tipp City were the sons of players Coach Moore had worked with in Vandalia.
Although he retired from teaching in 2003, Coach Moore continued coaching before and after his diagnosis of metastatic melanoma in 2012. He was able to coach part of the 2012 season.
When Tippecanoe Football Players were asked about their memories of Coach Moore, they said the following, according to remarks made at the Sept. 6 game: “Coach Moore was such an inspirational and motivating coach. It seemed like he had a story for every subject that came up and he taught us from them. His dedication to us as a team and individuals motivated us to succeed. Coach Moore taught us all about life, hunting and building things, and most importantly he taught us about what was really important in life....being happy. Every day Coach had a smile on his face because he was happy and we all admired that. We all love Coach Moore and we will never forget the impact he made in our lives.” Denise Moore remembers her dad coaching the various sports while she was growing up. “The kids really responded to him,” she said.
“I think being a teacher, he was able to convey (knowledge) to the kids,” she added. “One of the biggest things the kids mentioned about him was he was smiling and laughing.”
One of the players he coached in Troy was Kris Dielman, who went on to play for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. Moore said her dad followed Dielman’s career and was able to attend a game he played in Indianapolis and meet with Dielman after the game.
The Moores were big Notre Dame fans. Denise and her dad each year would make a trip for his birthday to a Notre Dame game, a journey she said they enjoyed immensely.
“He was a good coach, very stubborn, very tough and very meticulous about coaching,” Denise Moore recalled. “We joked he’d forgotten more about football than most people would know.”
Billy Moore loved the outdoors including fishing and hunting.
Donations to the Coach Billy Moore Athletic Fund can be made in care of the Tipp City Area Community Foundation, Box 626, Tipp City, or online at http://www.tippfoundation.org. Donations should be marked as "In Memory of Coach Billy Moore."
Top Photo - Denise Moore with her father Billy
Bottom Photo - Senior football players dedicate this year to Coach Moore