L. Clifton's Moore calls it quits He coached basketball for 14 years, 221 wins

September 16, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calling it "a long and enjoyable run of 14 years," Lake Clifton basketball coach Charlie Moore said yesterday that he will not be coaching the Lakers during the coming season.

Moore, who amassed a 221-66 career record, including a 23-1 record and a 4A state championship in 1994-95, said he informed Lake Clifton principal Stanley Holmes of his decision yesterday.

"He [Holmes] said that it was hard for him to believe, and that it would be difficult to replace me, but I started thinking about it in June and struggled with the decision all summer," said Moore, 55, a 1962 graduate of Dunbar and a 1965 graduate of Morgan State.

"My wife, Jean, and I took a trip to St. Martin's in the Caribbean in August. We were sitting on the beach, and we wrestled with it back and forth," Moore said. "I can't describe to you how very difficult it was to make this decision, and how tough it was talking to my principal about it. But I just realized that the time was right."

Neither Holmes nor athletic director Dr. Ruth Travis could be reached yesterday, and Moore said he was unsure about the timetable for hiring a replacement.

Moore said he is "definitely not retiring." He said he began "talking to some people and looking into other things" in June. Moore would not reveal his intentions for the future, but did hint that "there may be something opening up for me in the NBA."

"I may look into college positions," said Moore, who never had a losing season, "but I haven't made any commitment to anything yet."

Moore became the Lakers' coach in 1986, replacing Woody Williams when Williams (now at Mervo) vacated the position to assist Bob Wade at the University of Maryland.

During his first season, Moore's team went 20-6 and won the Metro Classic. His success continued, as his Lakers were continually ranked among The Sun's top five, along with being in the nation's top 20 six times.

"I'd like to think that I took the program to another level, nationally, and I've had some great memories," said Moore, who coached at Carver for three years before taking over at Lake Clifton. "I learned a lot as an assistant to Woody Williams [for three years at Lake Clifton] before leaving for Carver, and I just tried take that back with me when I returned" to Lake Clifton.

Moore earned All-Metro Coach of the Year honors at the end of the 1994-95 season after the Lakers, led by All-Metro Player of the Year Shawnta Rogers (George Washington), won the Class 4A state championship. Lake Clifton was The Sun's No. 1 team that year and was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally by USA Today. The Lakers finished at No. 11 nationally.

Moore's team that year had 10 victories over teams ranked in The Sun's Top 20 and defeated nationally ranked Lincoln of Brooklyn, N.Y. -- whose star player was Stephon Marbury (now with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves) -- in the Charm City Classic. The Lakers also became the first program to be ranked No. 1 in the area for the entire season since Dunbar went 29-0 and was national champion in 1991-92.

As a sophomore last season, Rogers was named to the Atlantic '' 10 Conference's All-Defensive team. He was the starting point guard for the Colonials all of last season and half of the previous season.

Michael King, a 6-foot-4 first-team All-Metro selection who graduated last spring, will join Rogers at George Washington after averaging 21.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Lakers last season.

Other top players Moore has coached include 1992 graduate Kevin Norris (Miami) and Ron Lucas (1990, Kansas State).

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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