Terry Moore loves Lakeridge High School.
He's loved it as a teacher and coach for almost two decades, and now, he'll get to express that sentiment in a new way — in his new position as Lakeridge's athletic director. Moore, 50, took over on July 1 from former AD Ian O'Brien, who left after two years for a position as a teacher, coach and vice principal at Warrenton High School on the Oregon coast. O'Brien had worked at Warrenton previously as athletic director, teacher, football coach, boys basketball coach and boys golf coach.
"I got approached about (the AD job) by quite a few people who said "You'd be exactly the right kind of person for this job,'" Moore said. "The scary part was I enjoyed teaching and coaching and didn't want to give those up."
Timing is right
While he had considered a management role earlier in his career, the timing just hadn't been right. But now, with his children out of high school (his wife also works at LHS as a math teacher), Moore was ready for a change.
"It's a really big job, and when I was raising kids, I just didn't have time for it," said Moore, who most recently served as math department chair at Lakeridge. "But now I have the time and my background does make it a good fit for me."
Where he came from
In his own background, Moore grew up in Northern California, then moved to Corvallis for his high school years at Crescent Valley High School. He played football, wrestled and ran track at Crescent Valley, and moved on to Oregon State University after graduation.
He played rugby at OSU and eventually earned his bachelor's degree (in 1989) and master's degree (in 1995) in math education. He continues to expand his education, now in the area of administration, at George Fox University.
His teaching career
Professionally, Moore began his teaching career with three years at Woodburn High School, where he also coached football, wrestling and softball. Next came a six-year stretch at Tigard, teaching math there and coaching football and wrestling.
Finally, nearly 20 years ago, Moore came to Lakeridge and found his professional home. In addition to teaching math throughout his tenure at LHS, Moore has also helped coach football, wrestling and track, serving as head coach in both wrestling and track along the way.
With all that as pretext, Moore believes the time is right to move into his new job.
"Making it feasible was one part of it, and the other thing that made it appealing was the chance to have influence over a greater swath of things," he said. "I've always had influence over some of the kids, but this allows me to have influence with all of the coaches so that was appealing."
The state of the union
And the state of the school's athletic programs is solid, with Lakeridge ranking seventh among Oregon's 51 Class 6A schools in The Oregonian Cup, an award designed to recognize overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics.
Highlights from the recently completed 2016-17 school year include: the boys soccer team's state championship; a Three Rivers League title by the Pacers boys cross country team; a second-place finish in the TRL by the Lakeridge volleyball team; a sweep of TRL swimming titles by the Pacers boys and girls teams; a third-place state finish by the Lakeridge girls swimmers; a sixth-place finish from the Pacers cheer team; a fifth-place finish by the Lakeridge boys tennis team; as well as success by some of the Pacers' individual qualifiers to the state golf tournaments.
"There are plenty of banners in the gym," Moore said. But "we've got some challenges — we're a smaller school and the kids are spread pretty thin so they've got to learn how to balance things."
The goals ahead
Among his goals for the coming years are to upgrade facilities at the school — especially the school's stadium field and attendant facilities — and lift Lakeridge's athletic programs even higher than they are already.
"We're already top-notch in academics and the arts and I'd like athletics to be there, too," Moore said. "They're good already, but I want to see it be even better."
Needless to say, there's no place Moore would rather be, and he's spent the past two decades learning why.
"This school is full of highly caring adults — the parents, teachers, coaches and administration team — which I love about our school," Moore said. "It really is the people here. We talk about the 'Pacer family' and it really is that. We just have a whole lot of people that genuinely care."