MERIDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Moore was honored with the prestigious St. Francis Award by the Franciscan Life Center at the 26th annual Franciscan Sports Banquet and Silent Auction on Thursday, June 8, 2011 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn.
Legendary Connecticut men's basketball head coach and athletics administrator Donald "Dee" Rowe presented Moore with the award. Quinnipiac Director of Athletics Jack McDonald, Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill Mecca, Head Baseball Coach Dan Gooley and Head Women's Basketball Coach, and previous St. Clara Award recipient, Tricia Fabbri were acknowledged during the evenings' program.
The St. Francis Award is given to an individual who exemplifies commitment and dedication to athletics, family, community and church. Other honorees include Luisa Kuhn, Kevin Ollie, Central Connecticut Acoustics, Central Connecticut State Head Football Coach Jeff McInerney and the Connecticut Connecticut State football team and athletes from the Special Olympics, Connecticut.
The proceeds from the Sports Banquet help support the programs of the Franciscan Life Center and Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care. These non-profit community-based services were founded by the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. Programs include counseling, educational opportunities, community land-based services, home care and hospice care.
Previous recipients of the award include Olympic soccer gold medalist Kristine Lilly, UConn Assistant Men's Basketball Coach George Blaney, ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, and former Cincinnati Reds announcer and very first ESPN Sportscenter anchor George Grande, who also serves on Quinnipiac's Athletic Advisory Council.
Moore most recently completed his fourth year at Quinnipiac and has led the Bobcats to unprecedented heights in his short time in Hamden. Following the 2009-10 season, Moore was honored with the Jim Phelan Northeast Conference Coach of the Year award after leading Quinnipiac to a program-record 23 wins and its first NEC Regular Season Championship since Quinnipiac joined the Division I ranks in 1998. In 2008-09, Moore was also named the CollegeInsider.com Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.
Last season, Moore also led the greatest academic turnaround of any team in NCAA Division I during his first three years as head coach. According to a study prepared by FoxSports.com's Jason Belzer, the Bobcats increased their Academic Progress Rate (APR), as compiled by the NCAA, by 219 points, more than any other program in the nation in that time.
Moore is the second Quinnipiac coach honored by the Franciscan Life Center as head women's basketball coach Tricia Fabbri received the St. Clare Award in 2007.