WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced today that Byron Moore has been elevated to head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs as announced by Athletic Director Michael Weinstock. Moore, who had been serving as the interim head coach since July, begins his new role as head coach officially on Monday.
“We are delighted that Byron will be taking over as our full-time head coach of the cross country and track and field programs,” said Weinstock. “Byron has been a member of our GU athletics program for six years now. He has a great rapport with our student-athletes and will lead our teams in the right direction.”
Moore, 34, is no stranger to Gallaudet as he has served as an assistant coach to the men’s and women’s track and field program for five years (2010-14) and was an assistant on the 2009 football team.
“It is an honor to be hired as the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams here at Gallaudet University,” said Moore. “I learned a lot in the past five years as an assistant coach under the tutelage of Coach Mikaela Gardner and I plan to build off the success that she made here.”
The LaPlata, Md., native earned his degree in Exercise Science from Salisbury University in 2005. While at Salisbury, Moore was a member of the football (1999-2001) and track and field teams (2000).
Prior to joining Gallaudet he coached varsity and junior varsity football at McDonough and LaPlata High Schools in Southern Maryland. He served in a variety of positions from head coach, defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator over the years.
“I have the experience to match the drive and motivation that I have always possessed to take teams to the next level,” said Moore. “Right now, I am on a mission to improve the academic and athletic success of everyone that I have the opportunity to coach.”
Moore and his programs will experience a first this year as cross country and track and field will finally host home meets. Improvements have been made to Thomas O. Berg Track and a new field throwing area has been built to make GU’s track and field facilities top of the line.
Moore and his wife, Nicole, have two sons (Marcus and Lance) and reside in Indian Head, Md.
Moore and the Gallaudet men’s and women’s cross country programs will host the Bison Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Kenilworth Park.