Born: May 5, 1943 – Humansville, Mo
Graduated: Highland Park H.S. (Topeka, KS), 1962; Washburn University, 1966
One of the most successful coaches in the history of women’s collegiate basketball, Billie Moore was the standard bearer for how popular the game has become today. Moore retired from coaching after the 1992-93 season and her in years at UCLA and California-State Fullerton, her teams won 436 games, captured two national championships in (1970 with Cal-State Fullerton and 1978 with UCLA) and nine conference titles.
Moore was raised in Westmoreland, Kansas, before moving to Topeka where she attended Highland Park High School. She was also the star third baseman on the nationally-known women’s Ohse Meats fast-pitch softball team in Topeka.
In addition to her success in college basketball, Moore’s international coaching prowess has been unmatched by any other American coach. She was the head coach for the first-ever United States Olympic women’s basketball team in 1976 and led the Americans to the silver medal. She also directed the 1973 and ’75 U.S. teams in the World University Games and also the 1975 Pan-American team. She assisted in the selection of nearly every major U.S. international team since the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Many of her former players (Ann Meyers, Denise Curry, Anita Ortega at UCLA and Pat Summitt from the ’76 Olympic team) have gone on to excel in various athletic endeavors.
Moore was inducted into the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, and was a Charter Inductee of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.