Coach Fridays: Joseph Moore And The Power Of Mentorship

Beginning his lacrosse journey in the sixth grade at Princeton Friends School, Coach Joseph Moore knows how important the game can be to life off the field, too. As a lifelong lover of the game, Moore is proud to represent the sport as a leader and share some life lessons along the way.

Once Moore moved on from Princeton Friends School, he attended West Windsor Plainsboro North for high school and then decided to take a post-graduate gap year at Trinity Pawling in New York. He was recruited by Syracuse University to play lacrosse and would go on to play as a true freshman on their 2009 National Championship Team that year. After Syracuse, Moore was selected as a Defenseman by the Rochester Rattlers, a professional lacrosse team that competed in the former professional league, Major League Lacrosse.

Making his way to Princeton Day School would be thanks to current Volunteer Coach and parent of two Panther Alumni, Chris Izzard: “Chris introduced me to my predecessor, Rich D'Andrea. Following my first year as Varsity Assistant, I took on the Varsity Head Coach job. I am very appreciative of Rich's guidance and support over the years. I am also very thankful for the bond that I created with legendary PDS lacrosse coach Pete Higgins before his passing. Pete took me under his wing from the second that I joined the program and was a support system to me as I settled into my role as Head Coach.”

Those close-knit and supportive relationships are par for the course at PDS, and Moore has come to appreciate the impact those important relationships have had on his time at School. He says, “The familial feel at PDS is what makes the school feel like home. Our community is smaller than most, which is what makes it special. We all have something special to offer, which helps shape a unique environment. I've always appreciated how supportive the PDS community is of one another. I often refer to our Home lacrosse games as "community events” because we welcome teachers, parents, classmates, fellow spring programs, pets and more to the sidelines of our games -- that support, to me, is the PDS difference.” 

As the spring season is well underway, Moore has watched his team grow in numerous ways over the last several weeks. He says, “Although we have faced many challenges this season, I have really enjoyed watching our younger/less experienced players develop as individual lacrosse players. This group has brought into the game what the coaches ask of them and work hard to do their part in supporting the team's overall success. I'm excited to see their hard work continue to come to fruition in the coming years.”

When it comes to supporting his team, it’s second nature to Moore. His love for lacrosse, coaching and the PDS community has made his job a truly enjoyable one. He says, “I love the relationships and bonds that are created in a team environment. Oftentimes, the connections made can last a lifetime. I enjoy playing a small role in facilitating those connections through my coaching role. I equally enjoy finding creative ways to use the game of lacrosse to share tangible life-lessons that our players can utilize in life during and after their time at PDS. My love and passion for the sport of lacrosse is simply a bonus.”

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