Jan. 30, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State University volleyball pioneer Martha “Pat” Moore, the first volleyball coach in school history, passed away late last week. Moore was known as a remarkable figure for both FSU volleyball and FSU women’s intercollegiate athletics after becoming the program’s first head coach in 1968.
Moore helped form FSU’s first women’s intercollegiate sport when she agreed to coach the school’s club team. Despite having the experience of teaching several sports as a physical education teacher at the time, Moore decided to neglect any thought of just pursuing things that she only knew and decided to take a chance and try coaching a newly-founded squad.
During her two-year stint as head coach of what was merely an informal club squad, FSU would play various opponents and even hosted a tournament. Her increasingly demanding tasks involved with FSU’s physical education department forced her to relinquish her coaching duties, yet the fact that she became the school’s first women’s volleyball coach was something that could never be taken away. She gave way to former coach Billie Jones, who was followed by FSU volleyball coaching legend Cecile Reynaud beginning in 1976.
Moore was a 1939 graduate of the Florida State College for Women, an experience that would help shape her rewarding and fulfilling life. She taught for 33 years, including 24 years at her alma mater while also working at a junior high school in Tampa and at UNC-Greensboro.
Her time as a physical education teacher and teaching young women meant so much to her that she decided to make a large donation to the FSU women’s athletics scholarship fund. Over the years she has impacted several female student-athletes through her charitable gift annuity, proving just how much she truly cared about seeing FSU women’s intercollegiate sports prosper.
Following her retirement, Moore always kept up with the Seminoles from her home in Belleair Bluffs, Fla., which is nearby Clearwater.
Location: Hubbell Funeral Home in Belleair Bluffs, Florida
Address: 499 North Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs, Fla. 33770
Date: Thursday, Feb. 2
Time: Begins at 10 a.m.