“An Evening At the Pilot Pen” with Tom Moore
By: Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
August 21, 2007
NEW HAVEN — When Tom Moore was hired as the new head coach of the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team back in late March, he brought with him an impressive resume of success he endured while working with Connecticut Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Calhoun for 13 seasons.
Not only was he a successful assistant head coach at UConn, he played a major role in helping the Huskies to national championships in 1999 and 2004. He even helped recruit some of the best talent to play for the powerhouse up in Storrs, with many of them currently enjoying successful careers in the NBA.
Those were some of the best times for Moore. Last night, the Bobcats coach was invited to share some of those memorable moments with corporate sponsors and committee members during an evening dinner at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.
He reminisced about some of the good times and bad times as a member of the Husky coaching staff, then looked forward to his future with Quinnipiac and what he plans to “serve” up this winter. Moore felt that to be chosen to speak at one of the biggest tennis events in the country was truly an honor, not just personally, but also for the school.
“I think that anytime people in the greater New Haven area can see, feel and touch anybody that represents Quinnipiac it just helps the school’s profile,” said Moore. “It’s just a real enthusiasm from everybody at the university to have the name represented. People are so proud of the school and what direction it’s going in that they’re jumping at the opportunity to do stuff like this.”
Moore is in the process of gearing up for a season that’s certain to be full of high expectations and excitement. He has a strong list of recruits coming to Hamden this fall, and a revamped coaching staff highlighted by the addition of former UConn standout and Hamden native Scott Burrell.
For now, the Bobcats new general will enjoy the festivities in New Haven and try to learn a little more about tennis. Maybe he’s not an expert at the sport, but Moore was certain on who he wanted to come out on top of this week’s tournament.
Being a hometown fan, the answer was a no-brainer.
“You gotta go with (Fairfield native and 2005 winner) James Blake, right?” Tom questioned with a smile.