Craig Moore – Head Coach – Baseball Coaches
Craig Moore is entering his first season as the head coach of the Ohio baseball program and his 10th season on the Ohio baseball coaching staff in 2021. Moore spent eight years as a coach. Assistant coach under Rob Smith and 2020 as interim head coach.
Moore led the Ohio 20 with a 28-25 record in his first season as Ohio manager. Moore coached LHP Joe Rock in 2020, who was drafted with the 68th pick in the competitive balanced B round of the 2021 MLB Freshman Draft. Rock was 8-3 with an earned runs average of 2.33 in 14 starts, striking out 117 batters while allowing just 23 earned runs on 67 hits and 27 walks in 88.2 innings of work. He was third at the MAC in strikeouts and innings pitched, fourth in ERA and tied for fourth in wins. Rock was the All-MAC First Team and a member of Collegiate Baseball’s 2021 NCAA Division I Second Team All-American.
RHP Edward Kutt IV joined Rock as the All-MAC First Team in 2020.
Moore assisted coach Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.), Who was the only Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in a row and twice after winning the award in 2018 and 2019. Rott was a third team. -American according to Collegiate Baseball and the ABCA, and was also First Team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC.
In the 2019 MLB freshman draft, Rott was selected with the 270e ninth round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rott was the fourth Bobcat to be selected while Moore was in Ohio.
The Bobcats have won two Mid-American Conference tournament titles and made two NCAA Championship appearances in the past three years with Moore on the staff. Ohio had only made two appearances in an NCAA tournament in the 43 seasons leading up to the 2015 campaign.
Moore helped guide Ohio to another leauge tournament title and a national playoff appearance in 2017. The Bobcats have won seven of their last 10 regular season games and have 13 conference wins – including five MAC series wins en route to capturing the No. 5 seed in the league tournament.
No. 5 seed Ohio capped an unlikely playoff streak by defeating No. 3 seeded Eastern Michigan, 7-4, to claim the 2017 MAC Championship on May 28 at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio. Ohio won their third MAC tournament title (1997, 2015, ’17) with this victory. The Bobcats opened the 2017 MAC Championship game by defeating 4th seeded Ball State 4-3 on May 24. Ohio then advanced to the winner’s final with a late-night 5-3 win over No. 1 seeded Kent the following day. The Bobcats knocked out the Golden Flashes with a 7-2 victory on May 27, scoring the fourth time in five tries, Ohio took the victory over regular season champion MAC Kent State in 2017. After missing The postseason national tournament 17 years in a row, Ohio landed its second NCAA regional ticket in the past three years as the MAC’s automatic bid with the win over Eastern Michigan, qualifying for the 2017 Lexington Regional NCAA Championship.
Moore helped Ohio stage an unprecedented turnaround in 2015 – most in a single season in school history.
The Bobcats won the MAC’s automatic national playoff bid and a No.4 seed in the 2015 NCAA Regional Championship, marking Ohio’s first appearance on the national playoff stage since 1997.
Moore is responsible for coaching third base and calling the offense while overseeing infielder development. Other coaching responsibilities include managing scout reports on opposing pitching teams and positioning defensive players during games. Over the past two seasons, the Bobcats have seen their roster percentage increase. On the recruiting side, Moore plays an active role in on-campus and off-campus activities.
Before arriving in Athens, Moore was an assistant coach for two years with Creighton. At Creighton, Moore worked with outfielders and receivers while helping batters. He also served as the Camp Coordinator for all Camps on Campus. Creighton won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference titles during the 2011-12 seasons. The 2011 team finished with a 45-16 record and a trip to the NCAA Corvallis Regional Championship. That year, one of Moore’s outfielder Trevor Adams was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round. Moore also coached Freshman All-America outfielder Mike Gerber, who went on to be a 15th round pick in the Detroit Tigers draft. In 2012, Creighton placed second at the Los Angeles Regional NCAA Championship. One of Moore’s receivers, Anthony Bemboom, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 22nd round.
From 2006 to 2010, Moore was the head coach of Western Texas College, a two-year school located in Snyder, Texas. In one of college baseball‘s toughest conferences and regions in the country, Moore took over a program that had won 13 games before he arrived and turned it into a team that won 28 after year four. Its latest recruiting class won 37 matches and reached the regional tournament for the first time in the program’s history. During this time, Moore saw many of his players upgrade to Division I and Division II levels to further their careers. Additionally, while at the WTC, Moore had four of his drafted players – first baseman Mitch Delaney (New York Yankees), outfielder George Agyapong-Mensah (Toronto Blue Jays), wide receiver Nick Studer (Toronto Blue Jays) and right-hander Jared McCrummen (Colorado Rockies).
Prior to moving to Westerners, Moore spent three years at Tennessee Tech as an assistant and recruiting coordinator under the guidance of head coach Matt Bragga. Moore’s latest recruiting class won an Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2008 and beat the University of Alabama in the NCAA Clemson Regional. While at TTU, Moore worked with infielders, outfielders and hitters. He was also responsible for all scouting of opponents, grounds maintenance and travel arrangements. Four players from Moore’s two recruiting classes were drafted: wide receiver Corey Kemp (Pittsburgh Pirates), outfielder Jake New (Los Angeles Dodgers), right-handed pitcher Patrick Cole (Baltimore Orioles) and left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore (Tampa Bay) ).
Moore, a native of Fremont, Neb., Was a four-year letter winner and all-lecture varsity performer at the University of Nebraska, playing for coaches Dave Van Horn and Rob Childress. In 1999, Nebraska won the Big 12 tournament championship and went to the NCAA Columbus Regional. Moore shares the school record for most RBIs with 10 against Chicago State. He received a degree in finance and also has an MBA from Lake Erie College, where he was a graduate assistant. Out of Archbishop Bergan High School, Moore was an all-state football selection and a 65th-round pick in the St. Louis Cardinals draft.
Moore resides in Athens with his wife, Alison, and their two sons, Jaxon and Easton.