Jerry Moore, who built the Appalachian State Football program to what it is today, can finally be called a true national hall of famer.
Coach Moore was chosen to be part of this year’s College Football Hall of Fame. Moore is one of 16 new members for the Class of 2014.
The National Football Foundation announced this year’s class on Thursday. The induction ceremony will take place on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
The other members of the 2014 class are: Dre Bly (DB, North Carolina, 1996-98), Tony Boselli (OT, Southern Cal, 1991-94), Dave Butz (DT, Purdue, 1970-72), Shane Conlan (LB, Penn State, 1983-86), Joe Hamilton (QB, Georgia Tech, 1996-99), John Huard (LB, Maine, 1964-66), Darrin Nelson (HB, Stanford, 1977-78, 1980-81), Willie Roaf (OL, Louisiana Tech, 1990-92), John Sciarra (QB, UCLA, 1972-75), Sterling Sharpe (WR, South Carolina, 1983, 1985-87), Leonard Smith (CB, McNeese State, 1979-82), Derrick Thomas (LB, Alabama, 1985-88), LaDainian Tomlinson (TB, TCU, 1997-2000), Wesley Walls (TE, Mississippi, 1985-88) and coach Mike Bellotti (Chico State, 1984-88 and Oregon, 1995-2008).
Moore is not only the winningest coach at Appalachian State, but is also at the top of the win column among all Southern Conference coaches in history. Moore won 215 games and dropped just 87 in his 24 seasons at ASU.
The Mountaineers experienced its most success in the later years of Moore’s tenure. App State captured three straight Football Championship Subdivision National Championships and is 15th all-time among all Division 1 coaches with 242 victories.
Moore was chosen for the Hall of Fame in just his first year of eligibility.
Coach Moore becomes the second member of the Appalachian State University family to be a part of the College Football HOF. Former linebacker Dexter Coakley was inducted in 2011.
This honor is just another in a long line of coaching excellence for Moore. He was a three-time American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, winning that three straight years from 2005-2007. He is the only Division 1 coach to accomplish that feat. Moore won the SoCon Coach of the Year award eight times, was named 2006 Eddie Robinson Award winner for being the National Coach of the Year in 2006 and was also the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2009.
This is the second hall of fame to induct Moore. He was chosen as part of the Southern Conference HOF in March.
After the induction ceremony in December, Moore and the other 15 hall of famers will be recognized at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87