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Originally published: 2014-03-13 11:03:08
Last modified: 2014-03-20 13:13:16

Our View: Above and beyond

The official bio for the announcement Monday of Jerry Moore's induction into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame begins like this: "The Southern Conference all-time wins leader."

For some coaches, that's enough said to get into both the record books of the heart of the community in which he labored. 

But Moore's athletic record, of course, goes on from there: Appalachian State's winningest coach, 10 SoCon championships and three straight NCAA Division 1 FCS/I-AA national titles are mere highlights.Yet there are highlights of Moore's performance during his 24 seasons at ASU that we in Watauga County can also point to that took place as much off the gridiron as on it -- and these are the reasons that we claim an extra ounce of pride as we congratulate Moore following Monday's induction ceremony at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville.

Moore's co-leadership, by way of example, during the High Country United Way's 2012-2013 campaign: That year saw the fundraiser reach 100 percent of its $575,000 goal -- a first for that milestone in several years. 

A quote from the ceremony announcing that goal is telling -- "Everywhere Jerry spoke we saw increases. No big surprise, because he and (his wife) Margaret have been a part of our community for 25 years."

A part of our community, and the SoCon all-time wins leader: Were we to ask Moore of which he were more proud, we suspect the former over the latter -- after all, football was always a way for Moore to fuel his public service. It is knowing this that makes his hall of fame induction that much more special to our community.