Michael Moore, a '73 graduate of SIUE, is a former Cougar athlete who helped bring two Olympic-style festivals to the SIUE campus - the Prairie State Games and the State Games of America. Now, Michael is dealing with four legged athletes and was featured in a news segment on KSDK Channel 5.
Moore owns regally bred thoroughbred racehorses at his Saddleback Stables in O'Fallon, IL. One of his two year olds in training is Breeder Cup nominated. The current Moore family farm was purchased in 1950 by his Moore's grandparents. "My father was a horseman and we grew up with quarter horses," Moore said. "We have been foaling, raising and breeding thoroughbreds in O'Fallon the past six years."
Prior to his current position as Athletic Director at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Moore managed the highly successful State Games of America, a national Olympic style sports festival held in the St. Louis Metropolitan region in 1999 and 2001. He also served as Director of Business Development and CBA Properties for the Continental Basketball Association, the official developmental league of the NBA. Additionally, he coached soccer on the collegiate and professional level. Moore began his coaching career at the former Belleville Area College (now Southwestern Illinois College) in 1973 after graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1972. Moore and his wife, Maureen, have two children, Patrick and Kyle. They own Saddleback Stables, for Thoroughbred racing and breeding and reside in O'Fallon, Illinois.
About SIUE: "From Coach to Cowboy"
"I have always had a love for sports but it was my experience at SIUE that afforded me the opportunity to gain a career in coaching, sports management and athletic administration. The skills I learned in the classroom, the discipline ingrained on the athletic fields, and the opportunity to organize intramural sports at SIUE really laid the groundwork for my career. Major influences were my basketball coach, Harry Gallatin along with soccer coaches Bob Guelker and Pat McBride. More important than the degree conferred, are the relationships that were initiated at SIUE that remain emotionally embedded today. Bob Meyers and I continue to share life's joys and challenges. Even my good friend and Cougar teammate, Jack McDole, showed up to take the horse and farm photos below."