Thursday, October 6, 2011


WATERVILLE, Maine --- Stan Moore, a veteran coach with more than 25 years of Division I coaching experience, was named interim head coach of the Colby College men's hockey program on Tuesday.

Moore has little time to adjust to his new job. His first day at Colby is today and the Mules begin practice on November 1. Colby opens the season Friday, Nov. 18, at Middlebury College.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Stan’s experience and knowledge right in our backyard. He can step in on day one and be able to take command of all aspects of running a program at a high level," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. "The search committee was impressed with his passion for the game and with his teaching. I know Stan personally and he is a wonderful man of character and integrity and he is such a strong professional. I have all the confidence in the world that he will be able to continue the proud tradition of our men’s ice hockey program. We’ll also have a lot of fun along the way."

Moore was an assistant coach for Providence College from 2005 to 2010. He left his post with the Friars to join his family in Belgrade, Maine, and was an assistant coach for Kents Hill School last year.

After Division I coaching stops with Providence, Colgate University, Union College, and Brown University, Moore will get a chance to run his own NCAA Division III program with the Mules.

"It's something I'm happy about and looking forward to doing," Moore said. "There is going to be a lot on my plate before that first practice. I hope to reach out to the recruits that are looking at Colby, but even more important to reach out to the players who are here right now."

Moore takes over the Mules from Jim Tortorella, who recently left Colby to become Associate Head Coach at University of New Hampshire. The Mules went 12-11-2 last year and return seven of their top nine scorers, but the team lost both goaltenders to graduation.

"There has been a lot of success here at Colby over the past 15 years or so and I'm not looking to change the culture of the team," Moore said. "I just want to help them improve the culture of the team in any way I can."

Moore, who grew up in Potsdam, N.Y., had hockey instilled in him at a young age. His father, Stanley Moore, Sr., was one of the most successful coaches in New York State high school hockey history during a 33-year stint at Massena High School.

Moore went on to play Division III hockey at Oswego State (N.Y.) University and played professionally with the Enschede Lions of the Dutch Ice Hockey Federation in 1984-85.

After some volunteer stints at Potsdam State and Brockport State after returning to the United States, Moore joined the ranks of NCAA Division I hockey at Brown University. He was an assistant for the women's ice hockey team in 1985-86 and then was a men's assistant until 1988.

Moore went on to his first stay at Providence as an assistant coach from 1988 to 1992 and then moved to Colgate from 1992 to 1996 as an assistant. He had his first head coaching experience with Division I Union (N.Y.) College from 1996 to 1998. He became the first-ever rookie head coach to earn ECAC Coach of the Year honors (1996-1997) during his time at Union.

Moore went back to Colgate as an assistant coach until 2000 and then was named associate head coach for the Red Raiders until 2003. Moore was named interim head coach at Colgate for the 2003-04 season and helped his team to a 22-12-5 overall record and won a regular season ECAC title. Moore became the first-ever interim head coach to receive ECAC Coach of the Year honors for his work. He spent one more year at Colgate before leaving for Providence.

Moore, a member of USA Hockey since 1985 and regular coach for the USA Hockey National Festival since 2006, has been a board member and a coaching coordinator for the Central Maine Youth Hockey Association. He lives in Belgrade with his wife, Barbara, and his children, Jack (age 12), Ella (10), and Lily (6).