June 26, 2012 > Baseball Hall of Fame inducts retired Ohlone College coach
Baseball Hall of Fame inducts retired Ohlone College coach
Submitted By Patrice Birkedahl
Paul Moore, longtime Ohlone College baseball coach, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Community College Baseball Coaches last month in conjunction with the Final Four state championships in Bakersfield, California. Moore served 18 years as men's baseball coach and took the Renegades to conference championships and to regional and super regional playoffs a dozen times. He established a winning attitude for the franchise that led to Ohlone winning the state championship in 2010, according to then-coach Jordan Twohig.
Moore began at Ohlone College in August 1989, hired as a professor and men's baseball coach. A year later men's baseball won the Coast Conference Championship. The wins continued in 1991, 1997, and 2002. Under his leadership, the team went to the California Community College Athletics Association baseball playoffs 11 times. In 2004, the Ohlone College Renegades not only won both regionals and super regionals, but also finished third at the State Championships.
Moore commented, "As a coach, my goals were to elevate us to a level that was collegiate and competitive... I wanted to leave the program with the possibility of getting better. Obviously they have because Ohlone is now expected to be a play-off team."
He was promoted to Ohlone College Athletic Director in July 1993, and made it his goal to obtain a new wood floor for the Epler Gymnasium and to provide better transportation for Ohlone College athletic teams. Both of these goals were accomplished during his tenure. Moore helped to hire Ohlone's first full-time trainer, a women's soccer coach, and a men's basketball coach. He also was instrumental in building a new fitness room, athletic weight room, training room, team rooms, and a soccer field.
After his retirement, in July of 2006, Moore became the president of the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association, a position he still occupies. He says that his "successes are all directly related to the people [he] worked with, student-athletes, colleagues, and administrators."