INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Department of Athletics has announced that longtime athletics director Michael Moore is resigning his position, effective Aug. 14, after 19 years of service.
Moore navigated IUPUI to the NCAA Division I level and doubled the sport offerings from nine programs to the current day 18 teams. He also played an integral role in the branding change from the Metros to the Jaguars, coinciding with the program’s jump to Division I athletics and entrance into The Summit League in 1998.
“We’ve accomplished a lot as a department,” Moore said. “We’ve assembled a great staff and have worked hard to achieve monumental growth. I’m particularly proud of the academic achievements we’ve attained and I’m proud of our accomplishments on the playing fields. I’m confident the groundwork has been laid for sustained success for IUPUI Athletics.”
Under Moore, eight different IUPUI programs have won conference titles and the department captured it’s first-ever NCAA individual title in March 2010 when diver Chen Ni won her first of two national crowns. More recently, IUPUI is coming off back-to-back fourth-place finishes in The Summit League Commissioner’s Cup race, marking the top efforts in the program’s history.
Academically, IUPUI student-athletes recently recorded a 13th straight semester with a departmental grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Jaguars’ Spring 2015 GPA of 3.32 was the highest mark in the program’s history. Previously, IUPUI Athletics received USA Today/NCAA Academic Achievement Awards in both 2002 and 2003 for excellent work in the classroom.
Moore is credited with making the landmark decision to move IUPUI’s basketball games to Indiana Farmers Coliseum, resulting in the nation’s 30th-largest increase in home attendance during the 2014-15 season. In addition to the attendance increase, IUPUI also saw a major increase in corporate partnerships and season ticket sales during the 2014-15 basketball campaign.
“We thank Mike for his many contributions and dedicated service to IUPUI and our athletics programs,” said IUPUI Chancellor-select Nasser Paydar. “We especially appreciate his efforts toward improving our student athletes’ academic success, reflecting our highest priority at IUPUI.”
A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Moore has been heavily involved in leadership positions at both the local and national levels. He recently co-chaired the Local Organizing Committees for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional and 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium. Moore was The Summit League’s representative to the NCAA Division I Management Council from 2001-08 and President of the NCAA I-AAA Athletics Directors Association in 2003-04.
IUPUI will conduct a national search for Moore’s successor.