Columbia College names Moore as Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach

After serving three seasons as assistant coach for the Columbia College women’s basketball program, Matt Moore will take over as the Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2024-25 season. Moore will serve as the fifth head coach in the program’s history.
During his time at Columbia College, Moore has helped lead the program to three American Midwest Conference (AMC) Tournament titles and three NAIA Tournament berths.
“I am excited and thankful for this opportunity to become the next head women’s basketball coach here at Columbia College.” Moore stated. “I would like to extend thanks to Dr. Russell, as well as Taylor Possail and James Arnold who were instrumental to my arrival at CC, and my development during my three years as an assistant. I look forward to continuing the standard of success set by my predecessors.”
During his three years with the Cougars, Moore has posted an overall record of 79-17 with the program, accumulating 19 All-Conference performers, including three NAIA All-Americans.
“I am thrilled for Matt and know he will do an incredible job,” James Arnold, Director of Athletics expressed. “Having coached with him at three different institutions I’ve seen firsthand the quality of his work. He is a master at skill work training, a high-level communicator, and light years ahead of most when it comes to analytics.”
Prior to joining the Columbia coaching staff, Moore spent the COVID shortened 2020-21 season as an assistant at St. Louis Community College where he spearheaded the recruiting efforts for Coach Jacob Yorg and the Archers.
Moore spent three years as an assistant for Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri from 2017-2020. During his time at Westminster he helped lead an offense that rewrote the Blue Jays record book.  Moore coached under the helm of Arnold where they spent the 2017-19 seasons together, securing the five best records for points in a game. Their squad reached the conference tournament twice, advancing to the title game for just the fourth time in school history.
Before Westminster, Moore got his coaching career started at Southeast Missouri State University where he began as a practice player for the Redhawks before becoming lead manager.
“As the recruiting coordinator this past year he spearheaded just an incredible recruiting class and having been here for three years with both coach Possail and myself, he has been a big part of a massively successful three year run and provides great continuity for our ladies,” Arnold stated.
Cougar women’s basketball team captain Mallory Shetley looks forward to the continued contributions Moore will make to the program.
“I am excited for Coach Moore to be taking over the program,” Shetley stated. “He has coached with many highly successful coaches and has had great results in doing so. We have a great group returning and a talented recruiting class coming in this year. I am excited to see where Coach Moore can take us, and I am confident we will be continuing our success at CC.”
It was announced this morning that current head coach James Arnold will be transitioning to the new position of Vice President of Student Experience and Director of Athletics.

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