Now in his 27th season as Head Men's Basketball Coach at Roanoke College, Page Moir heads up one of the most respected programs in NCAA Division III basketball. Moir is only the ninth basketball coach in the over 100-year history of Roanoke College basketball. Moir also has the distinction of being recently appointed as the President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
On December 3, 2003, Moir became the winningest coach in Roanoke College history, passing the legendary Ed Green for the record with a win over in-state foe, Averett. Moir entered the 2014-15 season with 399 wins and got his 400th on the second game of the season, beating The College at Brockport 83-61. On January 3, 2007, he became the ODAC’s second head coach to ever reach 300-wins with a 89-65 win over Chesnut Hill. He earned his 200th ODAC victory over Lynchburg on Feb. 10, 2007. Moir entered the 2014-15 season with a 409-287 overall record, including a 252-198 career mark in the ODAC. He received his 200th career ODAC win on the road against eventual ODAC Champion Hampden-Sydney, 80-79 on Feb. 11, 2007. He is the winningest and longest-tenured active coach in the ODAC, being just one win shy of his 400th career victory.
The Moir philosophy is in tune with that of the College and Division III, where “student” always comes before “athlete.” Of the four-year players to pass through the RC program, the graduation rate over the past 24 years is 100-percent, with 34 players going on to graduate school, two onto law school and six others to medical school. On the court, the Maroons display a fast break style of play that typically averages over 80 points per game. Because of this up-tempo play, Roanoke generally utilizes 10 or more players a game.
The 2013-14 season marked Moir’s 25th season at the helm of the Roanoke College men’s basketball program. Moir coached Junior Daniel Eacho to First Team All-ODAC and Second Team All-State honors by being the only conference player in the top five of points (18.8) and rebounds (9.6) per game, consistently all season.
In 2011-12, the Maroons had a season that added important milestones to the program. On January 28th, Roanoke defeated Eastern Mennonite 81-79, to become the 21st program in NCAA Div. III history to reach 1,300 program wins. Also in 2012, senior Logan Singleton became the 33rd player to score 1000 career points, in an 88-81 win over Emory & Henry.
In 2008-09, the Maroons improved their win total for the third-straight season and finished 19-7. They held an 11-7 conference mark for the third-straight season as well while being ranked as high as #18 in the nation, the highest since 2000-01. The Maroons embarked on a 13-game win streak, which was the longest since the 1999-00 season. For his efforts, Moir was named Div. III News Coach of the Month for January of 2009.
In 2007-08, Moir guided his team to an 18-9 record, 11-7 in the ODAC for a fourth seed in the conference tournament. The 18 wins and the seven-game win streak were both the highest since the 2000-01 season. The 15-3 start was the best since the 1999-00 season and the Maroons were in the top-25 (#24) for the first time since February of 2001. Their highest point of the season was a 68-58 win over then #16 and eventual ODAC Champion Guilford. The team was ranked in the top-20 nationally in team field goal percentage defense (39.6%) and blocked shots per game (4.6). They were also ranked 49th in the nation in steals per game (9.7) and 75th in assist-to-turnover ratio. Five of the seven non-conference teams on their rigorous schedule won their respective conference championships along with Guilford, who played the Maroons three times for a total of nine games. In addition, Roanoke played the 12th toughest schedule in the country, according to D3Hoops.com and went 4-6 against teams who received votes in the top-25 poll.
In 2006-07, the Maroons overcame a 1-7 start to finish 17-11 overall and an 11-7 mark in the ODAC, good enough for third in the conference. They defeated both nationally-ranked Randolph-Macon (79-58) and Bridgewater (87-62) to advance to the ODAC Championship Game. It was the program’s 13th conference championship game appearance, the first since 2000-01.
Success is not a foreign word in the Roanoke basketball circle. In 1999-2000, the Maroons won their 10th ODAC title with a 69-63 win over Hampden-Sydney College. No school in the conference has won more than the men's basketball program's 10 titles. The Maroons advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA tournament in both 1999-2000 and 2000-01. The 2000-01 trip to the national postseason was Roanoke’s 19th, Moir’s sixth.
The Maroons won Moir’s first ODAC Championship in 1993-94, with a remarkable 26-2 record and followed that with a 19-9 performance in 1994-95, and a second consecutive trip to the NCAA's. In 1996-97, Roanoke made its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the conference schedule in first place with an overall record of 19-8. The team’s ODAC title in 2000 was Moir’s third at the helm of the Maroons.
In addition to the up-tempo style of play, the Maroon coaching staff has also stressed the importance of defense. The 1999-2000 squad set a college record by allowing its opponents to shoot just 39.2 percent from the field. Over the past nine years, the Maroons have combined to allowing their opponents to shoot less than 44 percent from the field, an accomplishment that has come against some of the most challenging opponents in Division III. Moir believes you have to play the best to be the best, and future schedules will continue to convey that conviction.
The Maroon basketball program is just as successful in its community involvement. The entire team has volunteered with the Virginia Special Olympics and assisted the Roanoke City School System with their Extended Day Program. This program involves after school work with selected elementary school children in both academic tutoring and teaching fundamental basketball skills. Moir has directed several free clinics for this program. His teams have participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters with junior Colby Shorter leading the way as a three-year member of the organization. The Maroons have also been involved in “Dream to Read” program and attended “Career Day” at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem, VA.
In his time as head coach, Moir has involved the Roanoke basketball program in several charitable organizations. The V-Foundation Classic has raised more than $80,000 for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and the V-Foundation. In November, which was the 18th consecutive year the Maroons had hosted the event, the V-Foundation Classic raised over $5,000 for the third-straight season. The Maroons have also hosted the First National Bank Tip-Off Tournament, which assists the Community Christmas Store, a local organization that helps needy families during the holiday season. The Maroons have also hosted the Morris Cregger New Year’s Classic.
Moir came to Roanoke after serving as an assistant coach at Western Carolina University, the University of Cincinnati, Roanoke, and Virginia Tech. While at Tech (1983-87), the Hokies participated in two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT. Moir worked with two future NBA players at Tech, Dell Curry, and Bimbo Coles.
In 2002, Moir was appointed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors, becoming one of just two Division III coaches on the board. Joining the likes of Tubby Smith, Kelvin Sampson, and Jim Boehim on the board, Moir will serve on the board for 15 years and is currently the President of the NABC.
A teacher of the game, Moir has sent no less than ten of his former players on to the coaching ranks, where all have had great success. Two players off of the 2008-09 team, Drew Gaeng (Hendrix) and Curtis Peery (assistant coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore), are the latest to enter the world of collegiate coaching. Ben Betts ’90 became Moir’s first former player to become a Division I head coach (South Carolina State). Betts, off Moir’s first team, recently joined the staff at Tennessee Tech. Hillary Scott ’94 recently left Penn State to assume coaching duties at Lynchburg College and Brian Blaney at Loyola (MD). Melvin Felix ‘11 was the most recent player to join the coaching ranks, now an assistant coach at Eastern Mennonite University.
Moir is a product of one of the great family coaching stories. His father, Charles Moir, coached at Roanoke from 1967-73, leading the Maroons to a 133-44 record, five 20-win campaigns, four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1972 National Championship. He was named NABC College Division National Coach of the Year following the 1972 season. After a successful stint in Salem, he moved on to successful stops at Tulane University (1973-77) and Virginia Tech (1977-87). A 1974 Roanoke College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, the elder Moir compiled an overall record of 616-238 over 31 seasons as a head coach. He is listed in the top-75 collegiate coaches of all-time in a number of wins and winning percentage (.667).
Charles’ brother, Sam, was head basketball coach at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., for 34 seasons (1960-94), winning seven conference championships and nine 20-win seasons. A 1981 Catawba Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, he compiled an overall coaching record of 680-430. Entering the 2010-11 season, the Moir clan’s all-time victory number stands at 1,660.
Moir lives in Roanoke with his wife, Jody, and their two children, Anna Ross and Sara Charles.