THE JIM MOORE FILE
After eight years, Oregon head coach Jim Moore continues to do what was once unthinkable — firmly positioning the Duck volleyball program among the national elite.
In 2012, the Ducks celebrated their greatest season that was capped by a trip to the NCAA Championship final against Texas. In prior postseason contests, #5-seeded UO beat its third top-ranked foe the last two years with a 3-1 victory over then-No. 1 Penn State in the NCAA semifinal. In weeks prior, Oregon swept both Northern Colorado and AVCA No.-13-ranked Dayton the opening weekend in Eugene, then bested #12 seed BYU and #4 seed Nebraska in the third and fourth rounds by 3-1 counts in Omaha.
Moore and the Ducks (30-5, 16-4) also celebrated a best-ever, second-place Pac-12 finish, and its first 30-win season since the start of the NCAA volleyball era in 1981. The Ducks ranked a best-ever No. 2 in four polls during the campaign among its nine, top-five rankings in '12.
At season's end, senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma claimed the team's first AVCA National and Pac-12 Player of the Year awards after she ranked fifth nationally in kills (4.85 per set) and points (5.35 p/s).
She was joined on the All-America First Team with Pac-12 Setter of the Year and junior Lauren Plum, while sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner was a Second-Team All-American. All three were All-Pac-12 and All-Region choices and helped UO lead the nation in kills per set team-wise (15.95 p/s). Oregon's team hitting mark (.289) also stood ninth nationally, and Plum ranked first nationally in assists (13.37) by more than a full assist per set.
Duck fans in turn roared in approval. UO stood 17th nationally in home crowd attendance (2,102) after it welcomed eight of its top-25 all-time biggest crowds in school history. Altogether in his Duck coaching career, his teams have played in front of 23 of the 29 bigget crowds in school history.
In 2011, Oregon achieved a host of remarkable feats, including its first upsets of top-ranked foes in school history. The four-set, season-opening win at the then-four-time defending Penn State ended its NCAA record 94-match home winning streak, while its November comeback from an 0-2 deficit at home to UCLA was barely a month before the Bruins won the NCAA title.
At season's end, the then-No. 13 ranked Ducks (21-10, Pac-12: 14-8) made their fifth postseason trip in last six years after placing sixth in the Pac-12 – its third, league upper-division finish in his tenure.On the individual front, redshirt junior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma became the Ducks' fifth All-American (with three others also coming on Moore's watch). The third-team pick ranked 12th and 14th nationally in kills and points (4.51 / 5.12 per set), and third in the Pac-12 in kills and fourth in points and aces (0.26 p/s).
Sophomore setter Lauren Plum, an honorable mention All-American, joined Bergsma on the All-Pac-12, All-Region and A2 National Teams, and ranked 10th nationally in assists (11.67). Plum also started six matches for the U.S. team in the FIVB World Junior Championships that matched its best-ever finish (fourth, 4-4).
Team-wise, their play helped UO ranked top 15 nationally in kills (12th, 14.44 per set) and assists (15th, 13.32 p/s).Among other individual honors, outside hitter Liz Brenner was honored to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team; junior libero Haley Jacob was chosen to the A2 National Team in February 2012; junior outside hitter Katherine Fischer picked up her second Academic All-America plaque (and first on the first team); and sophomore middle blocker Ariana Williams was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
During the season, both Bergsma and Plum won a pair of Pac-12 Players of the Week nods (as did Brenner and Jacob once), and Plum became UO's fifth AVCA national weekly honoree in as many years.
In the Duck record books, Bergsma was easy to spot on the season charts for points (second, 578.5 / 5.12 p/s) and kills (seventh, 510), as was Jacob (digs, fourth, 500; digs p/s, sixth, 3.83), Plum (assists, sixth, 1,330 / 11.67 p/s) and Williams (hitting, eighth-tie, .307).
In 2010, UO extended its AVCA ranking streak to 59 straight weeks and climbed as high as 11th nationally at the season's midpoint after it ran off a school-record 14-match win streak to open the season. Oregon finished the year with a 19-11 mark - its fifth straight season with +17 wins (20-’09; 25-’08; 22-’07; 17-’06) for the first the first time since 1983-87.
The youthful Duck squad sported only one upperclassmen on its roster at season's end, senior and All-Pac-10 First Team outside hitter Heather Meyers, yet still had another impressive campaign.
The conference's career runner-up in aces (173), Meyers led the
Pac-10 in aces (0.56 p/s) and ranked sixth in the league in points (4.57
p/s), also the fourth- and sixth-best marks all-time for UO, and stood
top-10 in nearly every school career category.
Katherine Fischer had the highest double-double total (14) among conference non-seniors, and topped the league in most aces in a match (6) with Meyers who recorded the feat three times. On defense, sophomore Haley Jacob logged the fifth-most digs in a season (450) - a category dominated by former Moore pupil Katie Swoboda who owns the top three Duck marks (599, 586, 565).Team-wise, UO also ranked top 30 in '10 in aces (24th, 1.61 p/s), assists (25th, 13.23 p/s) and kills (29th, 14.12).
Meyers was an integral part of the early recruiting classes that re-stamped Oregon as a program to be reckoned with. In 2007, '08 and '09, the Ducks went 36-36 in Pac-10 play en route to fifth-, fourth- and sixth-place Pac-10 finishes, compared to a 18-182 Pac-10 record the 13-year stretch before Moore's arrival.
In 2009, the Ducks (20-10, 9-9) were rewarded with a No. 14 NCAA Tournament seed – its third straight top-16 seed after it posted four wins against top-10 teams, including a pair of 0-2 November comebacks that resulted in 3-2 upsets of then-No. 7 UCLA and at then-No. 4 Washington.
In October, Oregon’s 3-2 win over then-No. 5 Stanford and 3-0 blanking of then-No. 14 Cal marked its first weekend sweep of the Bay Area rivals since ‘89, and the Stanford and Washington victories positioned Moore as the second Duck mentor to defeat every Pac-10 opponent.
Early in the season, UO climbed as high as No. 7 in the AVCA national poll. That second-highest-ever ranking – just shy of its sixth-place ranking in ‘08 – came after a victory vs. then-No. 9 Minnesota that extended its third, school record start (10-0) in four years.Fueling Oregon’s success again in ‘09 was the record-setting senior trio from his first Duck recruiting class – the All-America pair of outside hitter Sonja Newcombe (1,852 points) and middle blocker Neticia Enesi (389 block assists) and setter Nevena Djordjevic (4,400 assists).
Djordjevic, a All-Pac-10 honorable mention choice, ended the regular season ranked second nationally in assists (12.38), and Newcombe stood 20th in points (4.89) and kills (4.35) and Enesi ranked 16th in hitting (0.374).
In 2008, the Ducks soared to one of their greatest seasons and claimed their most wins (25) since 1984 (27), matched their best Pac-10 record and league finish (11-7, fourth) since 1987, and rode a school record 15-match home winning streak during the regular season. UO beat four top-10 teams during the league slate (USC (#4), UCLA twice (#5/9) and California (#7)). In the AVCA national rankings,
UO spent the whole season ranked 13th nationally or better, including top-10 nods or better the last 10 editions of the season that included a program-best sixth. Individually, a program-record three Ducks were tabbed to the All-Pac-10 and All-Regional Teams en route to various All-America laurels, while Neticia Enesi and the team rewrote school season hitting marks (.396 / .290).
2007 was another milestone year in the program’s development. After a 10-0 start, UO surged again at the end of the campaign with its first ever pair of consecutive wins against top-10 teams, No. 6 USC and No. 9 UCLA, to the roaring approval of the McArthur Court faithful. Afterwards, Oregon’s 9-9 Pac-10 record and fifth-place finish stood as its best since 1989. A week later, in its second postseason appearance since 1989, UO continued its successful ride with a 3-0 win over Missouri State, then came back from an 0-2 deficit to beat No. 11 Kansas State, 3-2, in Manhattan, Kan. — a fitting win for Moore who had resurrected the Wildcat program a decade earlier UO’s final overall record of 22-11 featured its most wins since 1986.
In 2006, he was tabbed the Pac-10 Coach of the Year by his league counterparts after a talented freshman class returned UO to the NCAA tourney for the first time in 17 years. Despite starting a youthful lineup, the Ducks’ 7-11 conference record tied Oregon for sixth in the “Conference of Champions”, its best finish since 1989, and its overall record of 17-12 marked the program’s first winning season since 1990.
In his first Duck season in 2005, his presence paid immediate dividends as Oregon posted its most wins (12) and highest winning percentage (.400) in 14 years.
Along with his proven abilities as a technician and motivator, Moore is equally regarded as a recruiter and developer of national-class talent.
Six of UO's seven All-America honors have come during his tenure, thanks to the history-making careers of Alaina Bergsma (3rd-2011), Neticia Enesi (3rd-2008, '09), Gorana Maricic (1st-2008, 2nd-'07) and Sonja Newcombe (2nd-2009). Newcombe was also a two-time National Player of the Week (2008, '09), and Lauren Plum (2011), Bergsma ('10), Gorana Maricic ('08) received single honors.Since the first season of Pac-10/12 play in 1986, Moore's players have racked up nine of the Ducks' 16 All-Pac-10/12 honors courtesy of Bergsma ('11), Plum ('11), Meyers ('10), Enesi ('08, '09), Newcombe ('08, '09) and Maricic ('07, '08), and nine of its 15 honorable mentions from Williams ('11), Bergsma ('10), Djordjevic ('09), Meyers ('07, '09), Swoboda ('08, '07) and Newcombe ('06, '07).
Likewise, he has mentored six of Oregon's 12 all-time Pac-10/12 All-Freshman Team selections - Liz Brenner ('11), Plum ('10), Fischer ('09), Meyers ('07), Newcombe ('06) and Mira Djuric ('05) - and three of its seven honorable mentions - Djordjevic ('06), Enesi ('06) and Swoboda ('05).
The team's emphasis on excellence to academics certainly extends to the classroom, too. In 2005-06 and '09-10, the team received the AVCA Academic Team Award after it combined for +3.30 GPA's each academic year.
Fischer became the second Duck spiker to receive repeat Academic All-America acclaim (first team '11; third team '10), and another former pupil Kristen Bitter was a third-team choice in 2006.
Fischer has been a two-time Academic All-District first-team selection, and four other recent pupils picked up similar honors - Kellie Kawasaki (3rd-2010), Djordjevic (2nd-'08, 3rd-'09) and Bitter (1st-'06). On Pac-10/12 All-Academic rolls in 2010 and '11, Fischer has been a two-time, first team choice, and Lauren Gross and Alaina Bergsma have combined for three second-team choices. Other recent honorees have included Djordjevic (2nd-'09, '07), Bitter (1st-'05, '06) and Erin Little (2nd-'05, 1st-'06), to go along with 19 honorable mentions.
In return for the Ducks' recent success, McArthur Court and Matthew Knight Arena have welcomed 14 of the 20 biggest crowds in school history, including a school record 6,210 to a Matthew Knight Arena match in October 2011 vs. returning league co-champion and No. 4 California. A month later it added its sixth-best mark (3,065) in its regular season finale vs. Oregon State. Under Moore's direction, UO has gone 33-0 in non-conference play and beaten every Pac-10/12 opponent at least twice the past three years.
Prior to his arrival in Eugene, Moore served as head coach at Northern Michigan (1989-94, 2003-04), Kansas State (1994-97), Texas (1997-00) and Chico State (2001-02).
Collegiate volleyball pundits respect him as a master program rebuilder who is then able to take teams to the next level, warranted by the combined 143-228 record (.385) of the four programs before his arrival (Northern Michigan, ‘89, ‘04, Kansas State and Chico State). After his arrival, those same teams went on to produce a 268-118 (.694) overall mark, and his teams improved upon their prior season’s winning percentage in each of his 20 seasons.
He has had to face many obstacles at each stop, beginning with his first season at Northern Michigan in 1989. Despite various recruiting challenges, his five-year tenure culminated in the Wildcats winning the 1993 NCAA II National Championship.
Moore raised a perennial sub-.500 team to national dominance, highlighted by three consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament quarterfinals, back-to-back appearances in the national championship match, and finally the 1993 National Championship after a phenomenal season record of 38-1. His athletes stockpiled numerous honors, including an unprecedented four First Team All-America honors and the NCAA Division II Player of the Year award in 1992. His teams followed with three more All-America selections and the first-ever repeat Division II Player of the Year in 1993. For his team’s achievements, he won the 1993 National Coach of the Year Award, three AVCA/Tachikara Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year Awards, and two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Coach of the Year Awards.
He then moved on to Manhattan, Kan., in 1994, and took over a Kansas State program that was mired at the bottom of the Big 8 Conference the previous three seasons. By the time he left the Little Apple, K-State re-emerged as one of the Big 12’s best programs and was loaded with all-conference caliber players. The Wildcats had gone 24-68 overall and 0-36 in league play prior to his arrival, and responded with three straight winning seasons and a 26-9 mark in 1996, capped by the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Following those efforts, Moore was named the sixth head coach in the history of the University of Texas-Austin volleyball program in March of 1997, a mere five months before the start of the 1997 season. Although he did not face the same immediate challenges as he had in the prior positions, he still had to replace a hall of fame coach and keep a storied program at the top.
Moore guided the storied UT program to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, a Big 12 Conference Championship, one Big 12 Player of the Year honor, seven All-America selections and eight All-Big 12 selections.
Shortly before taking over at UT, Moore was asked to be Mick Haley’s top assistant for the women’s U.S. National Team. Moore was honored by the offer, but preferred to stay in the college ranks. Undaunted, Haley sought out Moore to be a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Team to help introduce his style of offense to the national team program.
After his Texas run, Moore returned to the Division II coaching ranks at California State University, Chico. Once again he quickly recreated another program and guided it to its first winning season in five years. At the Northern California institution, he resurrected a program that had gone 15-75 the three years prior to his arrival. His first year, the Wildcats went 16-13, then improved to 18-8 his second season, and four players combined for All-CCHA selections.
Moore’s last stop before arriving in Eugene was an incredible two-year return to Northern Michigan that produced 50 wins in 58 matches.
Before his coaching career, the Long Beach, Calif., native played volleyball for two years at San Bernardino Valley College, followed by a two-year stint at Long Beach State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree (1980) and later his master’s in health science. His first coaching position was at California’s Rim of the World High School, where his teams went 134-27 (.832) in five seasons, and his 1981 team captured the California State Division II championship. He then spent four years at Mayfair High (Calif.), and his last two teams went 26-2 and 28-2 respectively, before he moved to Northern Michigan.
Moore and his wife, Stacy Metro, have two children: Matthew Ryan (born April 1997), and Michael Reed (born October 1998).
MOORE'S CAREER RECORDYears School (# of seasons) Overall Conference Postseason
1989-93 N. Michigan (5) 123-55 (.691) 62-20 (.756) 9-2 (.818) NCAA II
1994-96 Kansas State (3) 61-34 (.642) 21-23 (.477) 2-2 (.500) NCAA I
1997-2000 Texas (4) 84-38 (.689) 58-22 (.725) 6-3 (.667) NCAA I
2001-02 Chico State (2) 34-21 (.618) 26-18 (.591) ---
2003-04 N. Michigan (2) 50-8 (.862) 31-5 (.861) 3-2 (.600) NCAA II
2005-present Oregon (8) 166-86 (.659) 74-76 (.493) 10-6 (.625) NCAA I
2005 12-18 (.400) 1-17 (.056) ---
2006 17-12 (.586) 7-11 (.389) 0-1 (.000) NCAA I
2007 22-11 (.667) 9-9 (.500) 2-1 (.667) NCAA I
2008 25-9 (.736) 11-7 (.636) 2-1 (.667) NCAA I
2009 20-10 (.667) 9-9 (.500) 1-1 (.500) NCAA I
2010 19-11 (.618) 7-11 (.388) ---
2011 21-10 (.677) 14-8 (.636) 0-1 (.000) NCAA I
2012 30-5 (.857) 16-4 (.800) 5-1 (.833) NCAA I
TOTALS 24 YEARS 488-237(.673) 256-160 (.621) 30-15 (.667)