Bernie Moore

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Bernie Moore
Biographical details
Born(1895-04-30)April 30, 1895
Jonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 1967(1967-11-06) (aged 72)
Winchester, Tennessee, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923–1925Sewanee (line)
1929–1934LSU (assistant)
Track and field
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1948–1966SEC (commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall95–51–9 (football)
24–11 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
SEC (1935, 1936)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1966)
Corbett Award (1967)
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1952 (profile)

Bernie Hawthorne Moore (April 30, 1895 – November 6, 1967) was an American college football, basketball, track and field coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Mercer University (1926–1928) and Louisiana State University (LSU) (1935–1947). Moore was also the head basketball coach at Mercer (1926–1928) and the head track and field coach at LSU (1930–1947). He was then SEC commissioner from 1948 to 1966. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1952.

Early life[edit]

Moore was the youngest of 14 children, the son of a Baptist minister. He graduated from Carson–Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he played football and baseball.[1]



Moore coached football, baseball, basketball, and track at Winchester and LaGrange high schools, and Allen Military Academy, before receiving the position of line coach for Sewanee.[2]


Moore coached the Mercer Bears from 1926 to 1928. Phoney Smith, Mercer's all-time leading scorer, was the first southern player to cross the goal line against the 1927 "dream and wonder" team of Georgia on a 95-yard kickoff return.[3] Later Georgia coach Wally Butts was also one of Moore's players at Mercer.[4][5]


Moore came to Louisiana State University in 1929 as an assistant coach for Russ Cohen's LSU Tigers football team.[1] He became the coach of the LSU Tigers track and field team in 1930.[6] His 1933 track team won the national championship.[7]

Moore took over the LSU football head coaching job in 1935 after the resignation of Biff Jones, and was a popular choice among the football players.[8][9][10] Moore's 1935 Tigers posted a 9–2 record and the school's first Southeastern Conference championship.


After ending his tenure at LSU, the longest of any coach at the university to that point, Moore became SEC Commissioner in 1948. In 1967, he won the inaugural James J. Corbett Memorial Award given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Later life and legacy[edit]

Moore was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1963 and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium is named in his honor. He died on November 6, 1967, in Winchester, Tennessee.[11] Frank Rose, former University of Alabama president, said Moore's "energies, his demand for total integrity, and his devotion to clean sports and good academics have left their mark on the campuses of every SEC member. For that, we are grateful."[11]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Mercer Bears (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1926–1928)
1926 Mercer 4–3–2 3–1–1 T–4th
1927 Mercer 5–4 2–2 10th
1928 Mercer 3–5–1 2–2–1 15th
Mercer: 12–12–3
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (1935–1947)
1935 LSU 9–2 5–0 1st L Sugar
1936 LSU 9–1–1 6–0 1st L Sugar 2
1937 LSU 9–2 5–1 2nd L Sugar 8
1938 LSU 6–4 2–4 10th
1939 LSU 4–5 1–5 10th
1940 LSU 6–4 3–3 6th
1941 LSU 4–4–2 2–2–2 7th
1942 LSU 7–3 3–2 6th
1943 LSU 6–3 2–2 2nd W Orange
1944 LSU 2–5–1 2–3–1 6th
1945 LSU 7–2 5–2 3rd 15
1946 LSU 9–1–1 5–1 3rd T Cotton 8
1947 LSU 5–3–1 2–3–1 8th
LSU: 83–39–6 43–28–4
Total: 95–51–9
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b "Bernie Moore". Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  2. ^ "SEC getting a new boss this week". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. January 28, 1965. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  3. ^ Garbin, Patrick (2008). About them Dawgs!: Georgia football's memorable teams and players. United States: Scarecrow Press. pp. 43, 48. ISBN 978-0-8108-6040-7.
  4. ^ Wilder, Robert E. (2011). Gridiron Glory Days [Football at Mercer, 1892-1942]. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press. p. 73. ISBN 9780881462678. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  5. ^ Scott, Richard (15 September 2008). SEC Football [75 Years of Pride and Passion]. London, England: Voyaguer Press. p. 126. ISBN 978-1616731335. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  6. ^ "LSU Track and Field Media Guide". p. 7. Archived from the original on 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  7. ^ "LSU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Bernie Moore". Archived from the original on 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  8. ^ "LSU Year-by-Year Records" (PDF). p. 107. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  9. ^ Vincent, Herb (June 2008). LSU Football Vault [The History of the Fighting Tigers]. Atlanta, Georgia: Whitman Publishing, LLC. p. 89. ISBN 978-0794824280. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  10. ^ "Huey Long Puts his "Okay" on the New Coach". The Lewiston Daily Sun. December 28, 1934. p. 9. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Bernie Moore Dies but Imprint on SEC Remains". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. November 7, 1967. Retrieved March 5, 2016.


  • Vincent, Herb (2008). LSU Football Vault: The History of the Fighting Tigers. Whitman Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-0794824280.

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