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Rising to the Top
Washington College President Sheila Bair today announced that following a national search, Thad Moore has been promoted to director of athletics. Moore, whose calm and friendly presence is well known to anyone who has spent time in the College’s sports complex or athletic training rooms, has been head athletic trainer since 2000, and associate athletic director since 2010. He succeeds Bryan Matthews, who retired in July.
“I would like to thank President Bair for giving me this opportunity,” Moore says. “I would also like to thank Dr. Matthews for allowing and encouraging me to take on greater duties within the athletics department. I am truly honored to be representing the College, the Department of Athletics, and our current, former, and future student-athletes.”
“This College is staffed with talented, committed people, and I’m always pleased when they can advance to a position with greater responsibilities and possibilities,” says President Bair. “Thad is one of those individuals. He clearly understands the importance of athletics for recruiting and retaining great students, and he values the key role that athletics plays for so many of our students in helping them mature and grow into leaders. He also likes to win, and I know he’ll be a wonderful advocate for the coaching staff and a great role model for the student-athletes under his care.”
Moore’s commitment to and expertise in his work have not gone unnoticed. He received the Maryland Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2012 and a Service Award from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association a year later. In 2014, he was selected as the Division III Athletic Trainer of the Year by the College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Also in 2014, he was one of four recipients of the College’s President’s Distinguished Service Award.
Moore says he wants to continue to build on a program that focuses on recruiting and nurturing student-athletes who are given opportunities to excel both on and off the field.
“I have worked hard to gain the trust of the coaches, parents, and most importantly the student-athletes,” Moore says. “I fully intend to continue to build and develop these relationships in my new role as athletic director, now leading the team that is focused on the student-athletes’ experience and being a positive influence in their lives.”
As part of the shift in leadership, athletics will be moving under the wing of student affairs, and Moore will be working with Sarah Feyerherm, that department’s vice president. Feyerherm, who until 2002 worked in athletics, has known Moore since the late 1990s.
“Thad has always been an exceptional partner and has worked closely with student affairs on any number of issues,” Feyerherm says. “All of us in student affairs are excited to have a closer relationship with the coaches and the rest of the athletics department staff because of their deep and abiding commitment to the whole student experience. We believe it will be a natural and productive partnership.”
Moore says that his department’s greatest strengths are its coaches and staff; its greatest challenges are recruiting, retaining, and graduating top student-athletes.
“My goal is to field competitive teams, both academically and athletically,” he says, “in addition to ensuring that our student-athletes have a positive experience in the sport they love, while developing lifelong friendships with their fellow students.”