March 12, 2002
Atlanta, Ga. - The Atlanta Tipoff Club, which presents the Naismith Awards, has named former UCLA women's basketball coach Billie Moore the 2002 Naismith Women's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award winner.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, now in its 46th year, established the Naismith Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award in 1982 to honor a coach, a promoter, media person or someone very close to the game who has greatly impacted the game in a positive way. Lifetime achievement, impact on the game of basketball, and honorable, exemplary service are also extremely important measures of the award. In 2000, the Atlanta Tipoff Club began honoring a Naismith Women's Outstanding Contributor in addition to the male contributor annually. Margaret Wade, deceased, and former coach at Delta State, received the first Naismith Women's Outstanding Contribution to Basketball in 1993.
Moore was the first coach to lead two schools to national women's basketball championships - Cal State Fullerton in 1970 and UCLA in 1978. She compiled a 140-15 record in eight seasons at Fullerton and 296-181 at UCLA in 16 seasons. In 24 years of coaching, Moore compiled a total record of 436-196, coaching her teams to 10 Conference Championships and advancing to the post-season 16 times with a 59-18 record.
Moore has coached internationally as head coach of the first women's Olympic basketball team in the Montreal Games and won the silver medal in 1976. She also led the 1973 and 1975 entries to the World University Games and the 1975 U.S. Pan American Games team.
Many of Coach Moore's former players (Ann Meyers, Denise Curry, Anita Ortega and Pat Summitt) have gone on to excel in athletic endeavors including college coaching, professional basketball, radio/television broadcasting and community service. Pat Summitt was quoted, "Billie Moore has had more influence on my coaching career than anyone. She was my mentor. She's had a huge impact on my coaching style."
Moore is a Westmoreland, Kansas native who received her undergraduate degree from Washburn University in Kansas and earned her Master's degree from Southern Illinois University. And then in 1999, she received her Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Washburn University.
Now residing in Fullerton, California and since retiring in 1993, Moore has a new sport that fills her schedule, which is golf. In 2000, she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The officials from their office had a hard time getting in touch with her to give her the news due to her golf life keeping her away from the phone.