As Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Marilyn Moore prepares to retire after more than 30 years at Geneseo, friends and alumni have created an endowment in her name to benefit the Roundtable Athletic Assocation. Here, she hugs a student after a soccer game. /PHOTO BY CHRISTINE CUSANO
In her 30 plus years at Geneseo, Marilyn Moore always believed that athletic success means more than winning.
"Caring about the whole person and making sure our student-athletes understand that it is important to give back to their communities and to those less fortunate has always been part of what I want our student-athletes and coaches to stand for," she says. "If you do the right things, winning is the by-product and they have enjoyed the success of both."
As head athletic trainer, assistant director of athletics and finally as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation since 1999, Moore has been committed to achieving success on and off the field. Among the many annual community service programs and efforts undertaken by student-athletes, 125 members of Geneseo teams raised nearly $11,000 to fight breast cancer in the Walk for the Cure event this year. More than 50 participate annually in the Section V Sportsmanship Summit, working with high school students to bring awareness to hazing and other issues.
Moore will retire at the end of the semester. She leaves the college with a long history of growth — and a legacy.
Friends of Marilyn and the college and alumni created the Marilyn M. Moore Endowment for the Roundtable Athletic Association (RAA), by contributing more than $100,000. The RAA will use the endowment earnings to enhance the experience of Geneseo student-athletes and will benefit all teams and programs. The college is hoping to increase the endowment through donations.
Geneseo Foundation Board member and RAA Chair Dan Loughran '86 and others surprised Moore with the announcement at the Sports Hall of Fame dinner on Sept. 25.
"The endowment took me completely by surprise," says Moore. "For once in my life, I was totally speechless. I feel honored that our alumni would contribute such a significant amount in my name ... The endowment will allow us to continue to serve our community and gain valuable leadership skills."
Geneseo alums and friends wanted to honor Moore, says Loughran, for her many contributions.
"Her actions have formed a model for all and demonstrate how Geneseo strives to educate the whole student," he says.
As director, Moore is responsible for administration of 20 varsity teams, management of athletic facilities, overseeing a multi-million-dollar budget and 55 full and part-time staff. During her tenure, Geneseo has made history: The college won 67 State University of New York Athletic Conference championships, and sent the men's soccer team and women's cross-country team to the National Collegiate Athletic Association finals. The women's team won the NCAA title in 2004. Among other accolades, Geneseo was ranked in the top 10 percent of public colleges in the country in Division III in 1999.