Assistant coach • 17 seasons • birmingham, al • samford, 1976
For 17 seasons at LSU, Bob Moore has consistently proven that he is one of the nation’s best vault coaches.
During his outstanding career with the Tigers, Moore has been recognized several times for his exceptional work. Besides earning National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2014, he has been named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year on six occasions – 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
A longtime Southeastern Conference assistant, Moore begins his 18th season with the LSU gymnastics program in 2017, and his presence has been undeniable. He has helped the Tigers maintain their status as one of the nation's premier programs that includes10 NCAA Championships appearances in the last 11 years, five Super Sixes in the last nine seasons and nine individual national titles since 2002.
Heading into the final rotation of the NCAA Super Six in 2016, LSU needed a record performance on vault to complete the Tigers’ comeback to finish in second place. Led by Moore, the Tigers put on a vaulting clinic with a score of 49.5250 for LSU’s best ever performance on the event at NCAA Championships. After all was said and done, Moore led the Tigers to an average 49.495 for the best regional qualifying score in the country.
Moore coached Ashleigh Gnat to First Team All-America honors on vault during her junior campaign. Gnat became the eighth gymnast in LSU history to record a perfect 10.0 score on vault as she did it twice, amazingly the Lake Mary, Florida, native also became the first to do it by competing a double-twisting Yurchenko.
Moore guided LSU to elite status on vault as the Tigers ranked second nationally in the event at the end of the 2015 season. LSU shattered the school record for highest vault score with a 49.825 against Minnesota, and that event score ranked as the highest total of any team on any event in the 2015 season. Once again, Moore shared Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors with fellow LSU assistant Jay Clark.
In 2014, his coaching peers across the nation recognized his efforts by voting him not only the Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year but also the National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year along with Clark.
The 2014 season was arguably the finest in LSU history, and Moore was a major reason why. He coached Rheagan Courville to a second-straight NCAA national title on vault, led the Tigers to the No. 1 national ranking on vault for the second-consecutive season, set the school record with an astonishing 49.483 season average on vault, and coached four gymnasts to All-America honors in the event.
In addition, Moore guided the Tigers to five of the Top-10 vault scores in LSU history in 2014, including a then program-record 49.650 total in the NCAA Regional.
LSU ranked No. 1 nationally as a team on vault for half the 2013 season, including the final rankings, and Moore coached Courville to the SEC vault title and NCAA national title.
Moore earned NCAA Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2013, sharing the award with Clark, and Moore guided the Tigers to one of the best seasons on vault in school history.
Not only did Moore coach Courville to the vault national title, but he guided Courville and Sarie Morrison to perfect 10.0 scores in 2013.
Moore coached Susan Jackson to the 2008 NCAA vault national title, and he followed that up by coaching Ashleigh Clare-Kearney to the 2009 NCAA vault title while Jackson was the runner up – giving LSU back-to-back national titles in the event. On top of that, Moore guided three Tigers to First-Team All-America status on vault in 2009 – Clare-Kearney, Jackson and Staci Schwitkis.
In 2010, Moore guided Jackson to a second-place finish on vault again, and he coached former walk-on Ashley Lee to a ninth-place finish – giving LSU back-to-back years with two gymnasts in the national Top 10.
With more than 30 years of outstanding coaching across the southeast, Moore received one of the highest honors in his profession by being inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame in 2011.
Moore’s primary responsibility with the Tigers is vaulting where the team has flourished under his watch as the team has finished in the top 10 of the national rankings in the event 12 of his 17 years at LSU, including four-straight seasons from 2007-10, as well as the No. 1 national ranking in 2013, 2014 and 2016
In his 17 previous seasons at LSU, Moore has coached his athletes to 30 All-America honors on vault, four national titles, and two national runner-up finishes. In fact, LSU’s one-two finish on vault in 2009 marked only the fourth time in NCAA history that two gymnasts from the same team finished first and second in the vault national finals.
As well as strengthening the Tigers on the vault, Moore plays a significant role with LSU's Bengal Gymnastics program, a highly successful youth age group program that practices in the Tigers’ gymnastics training facility.
Moore is also LSU’s academic coordinator as he works closely with the gymnastics academic advisor to ensure each gymnast is on the right track each season. In Moore’s 16 years with the team, LSU has produced 89 Scholastic All-Americans and 151 SEC Academic Honor Roll members.
Moore’s expertise was fine tuned at two other SEC programs. Before joining the Tigers, Moore spent six years at the University of Florida where he served as the program's top assistant. To his credit, Moore coached two national champions on the vault, in addition to numerous All-Americans and SEC champions. Prior to his stint in Gainesville, Moore coached for five seasons as an assistant at Auburn.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Moore graduated from Samford University in 1976 with a degree in general studies with an emphasis in music. Bob is married to the former Sandra Ballard, and “Pops” and “Momme” are the proud grandparents of Brayden, Isabella, Sophia, Trey, Brooklyn, Lyla and Maggie.
USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame
2015 Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2014 National Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2014 Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2013 Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
2009 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
2007 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
2005 Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year
Moore's College Coaching Experience
2000-Present - Assistant Coach, LSU
1994-99 - Assistant Coach, Florida
1989-93 - Assistant Coach, Auburn