GENESEO, N.Y. -- Former SUNY Geneseo Director of Athletics and Recreation Marilyn Moore received the 2014 Patrick R. Damore Distinguished Service Award at the annual State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) awards dinner this week.
The award is given annually to a retired administrator or coach who has made significant contributions to the Conference and has been at the institution at least 15 years. It is named in honor of the long-time commissioner of the SUNYAC who retired in 2012 after 33 years as the first and only commissioner of the conference.
A member of the institution for over 30 years, Moore started her tenure in 1979 as the first female head athletic trainer. After being promoted to assistant director of athletics, senior women’s administrator and full-time athletic trainer in 1985, she was named the department’s first female director of athletics in 1999, a role that she served in until her retirement in 2010.
“This is well-deserved recognition for someone who helped build our athletic department into a model Division III program,” said Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life at Geneseo. “The culture of excellence that Marilyn established in our intercollegiate athletic program stands as the legacy of her leadership, and will continue to benefit our student-athletes for years to come.”
In 2000, Moore was voted the Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators before receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2003. Upon retiring, she was named the 2011 Rochester Press-Radio Club Jean Giambrone Award winner for her lifetime commitment to local women’s sports.
Under her direction, the Knights captured 69 SUNYAC titles while the coaches on her staff amassed 51 SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors. In 2005, the women’s cross country team captured the program’s first ever NCAA Division III National Championship, while Geneseo also won its only SUNYAC Commissioner’s Cup in 2002-03 as the conference’s top athletic program after winning eight out of 20 league championships during the campaign.
A strong advocate for women’s sports, Moore played an important role in expanding the opportunities for women during her time in the department, including overseeing the addition of equestrian as the program’s 20th intercollegiate sport in 2004.