Terry Moore to step down as Lakeridge athletic director
There is change afoot at Lakeridge High School.
New coaches are being hired, facilities upgrades are underway and Athletic Director Terry Moore is getting ready for the next phase in his life.
Moore, 52, recently announced that he will resign as Lakeridge athletic director after two years on the job; he will continue in his current position until the beginning of September.
Moore said his decision was based on a couple factors, characterizing it as a positive financial decision for his family that will also allow him to return to the classroom; he has accepted a position to teach math at Jesuit High School in Beaverton.
"It was a combination of benefits … and I miss teaching an awful lot," Moore said. "That was definitely a consideration."
While Moore is excited about this next chapter in his life, it doesn't come without some reluctance after 21 years as a teacher, coach and administrator at Lakeridge. Further, his wife Kristin will continue teaching math at LHS.
"I love it here. Lakeridge is awesome," Moore said. "We're doing great things for kids and I'll definitely miss the day to day interactions with the staff and kids."
While Moore's tenure as athletic director was relatively modest in duration, it was also impactful. Foremost among Moore's goals as AD was to continue developing the school's culture, sportsmanship and equity.
"We talk a lot about the Pacer family, being a school-wide team," he said. "What makes me comfortable (in leaving) is just how strong our community is. We have great leadership from (Principal Desiree Fisher), a great coaching staff and great support from parents in the community."
"There will always be a piece of me here. It's been a big piece of my life."
— Terry Moore
Regarding the equity piece, Moore noted that during his two years as AD, Lakeridge met the proportionality benchmark in Title IX (a federal civil rights law that prohibit discrimination in all federally funded education programs, including athletics departments) both years.
Lakeridge also took some significant steps forwards in terms of its sports facilities during Moore's tenure. Among those accomplishments were: the renovation of the school's weight room; the addition of artificial turf to the varsity softball field; the replacement and reconfiguration of the school's track; and the resurfacing of the school's tennis courts (scheduled for completion this summer).
"We had some goals facility-wise and we made really good progress toward those," Moore said. "We want to provide great facilities and make it a great place to grow and develop."
Still to come are the addition of a stadium cover (slated for the 2019-20 winter season), a hitting barn for softball (it should be ready by next spring), lights for the school's other turf field (known as "Turf 2" — set for completion over the winter), and eventually, artificial turf for the varsity baseball field.
"Those are all huge. We've needed them for a long time," Moore said. "That was another big teamwork thing. There were a lot of people advocating and coming together to make things happen."
While Moore is stepping away from his job as athletic director, he greatly values the benefits that came with the job.
"You have to have a passion for educating young people," he said. "The best thing about this job is the broad effect you can have on a large number of kids. All these activities, athletics — these are memories that will stick with (the students) for a long time."
Whoever holds the position next, Moore said, will be coming into a positive situation. He complimented the leadership at Lakeridge, the strength of the coaching staff, the support of the community and the assistance of the school district as factors that will all help Lakeridge's next AD succeed.
"Those set the stage for a successful program," he said.
When it's time to finally leave Lakeridge, Moore knows that his long tenure, many friendships and accomplishments mean that the school will always holds a special place in his heart.
"We say 'Once a Pacer, always a Pacer,'" he said. "There will always be a piece of me here. It's been a big piece of my life and helped shape who I am."
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