Assistant volleyball coach Erin Moore brings more than just All-American college experience to the court. Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2004, Moore has continued to play professionally in both Spain and Puerto Rico. This winter, Moore journeys to Puerto Rico for what will likely be her final season of professional volleyball.
"I decided to play this final year because I really believe this team can win a championship," said Moore. "If I didn't think that, I would be at the Smith Center with my girls. I hope I can bring a title home with me when I fly into Reagan in May."
While at the University of Michigan, Moore set program records for single-season kills with 522, single-season block assists with 154 and total blocks in a single season with 161. Moore earned Michigan Volleyball's first-ever All-American selection, taking third-team honors for her record-setting efforts in her 2003 campaign. As captain of her squad, the three-time Academic All-Big 10 honoree was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2002 and 2003. Moore still holds the record for total single-season blocks and remains within the top five performers in program history in five additional categories. The Wolverines made three NCAA Tournament appearances during Moore's stand-out carer.
Moore joined the Colonials' staff in 2011 after acting as Director of Operations for her alma mater from 2006-2010. As a member of the coaching staff, Moore helped Michigan to five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including advancement to the Elite 8 in 2009 for the first time in program history. At GW, Moore continues to assist head coach Amanda Ault as the Colonials look to grow into a nationally-known program with an increasingly challenging schedule of opponents.
Moore's professional career began in Spain after graduating from Michigan in 2004. After dedicating two eight-month long seasons of professional play in Spain, the GW assistant relocated her professional career to Puerto Rico and has spent her spring and summer seasons in the Puerto Rican professional league (LVSF) since 2007. The LVSF plays a 22-match season followed by playoffs totaling about three months of competition. For the 2013 season, Moore rejoins the Criollas de Caguas, her first LVSF team, after a three-year hiatus as a member of the Corozal (2009) and Bayamon (2010-11).
The Tiffin, Ohio, native has experienced continued success in her professional career despite switching positions upon turning pro. Initially a middle blocker at Michigan, Moore transformed into a successful outside hitter while playing in Spain. Aside from learning a new skill set, Moore had to simultaneously adapt to a different language and culture. Entering her seventh season on the island, Moore has found a second home in Puerto Rico with all of the amenities of a familiar place.
"I have a favorite coffee spot in Old San Juan, favorite restaurants along the beach, and fans who love volleyball," said Moore. "It's hard to believe I get paid to do this."
In 2012, Moore led the LVSF in kills and finished second in total points while becoming just the third foreigner to reach 2,000 career points. The 2013 season will likely be Moore's last professional stint. Moore began her LVSF career with the Caguas, reaching the finals in 2007 and 2008, and plans to end her career with that squad. The Colonials coach looks forward to GW's 2013 campaign but hopes to first take care of some unfinished business down south.