Jerry Moore selected for SoCon Hall of Fame
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Former Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore was selected for the Southern Conference Hall of Fame by the league Thursday.
Moore, who coached at Appalachian State from 1989-2012, had a record of 215-87 at the college. He guided the Mountaineers to 10 Southern Conference championships and 18 postseason appearances.
He also led Appalachian State to three straight Football Championship Subdivision national championships from 2005-07. The Mountaineers went 14-1 during the 2006 season, which after losing the first game of the season to North Carolina State, the Mountaineers won 14 straight games.
The Mountaineers also won 26 straight 2007-10, which was the second longest streak in the league's history. He coached two-time Walter Payton Award winner Armanti Edwards and two-time Buck Buchanan Award winner Dexter Coakley.
But with all the championships and victories, the win that received the most national attention was the Mountaineers' 34-32 shocking upset of then No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Mountaineers took a 28-14 lead in the first half, fell behind 32-31 late in the fourth quarter, but got a field goal from Julian Rauch with 26 seconds left in the game to go ahead.
App State preserved the victory when Corey Lynch blocked a Jason Gingell field goal as time expired.
"It goes without saying that this is a well-deserved honor for coach Moore," Appalachian State athletic director Charlie Cobb said in an email. "His body of work throughout his 51-year coaching career and, in particular, his 24 years at Appalachian State is unrivaled by any other coach in the SoCon's esteemed history."
Also incuded in the 2014 SoCon Hall of Fame class are Furman women's basketball player Rushia Brown, Furman men's soccer player Clint Dempsey, former Duke football and men's basketball coach Eddie Cameron and Wake Forest's former baseball player Charlie Teague.