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Catawba Mourns Loss of Legendary Men's Basketball Coach, Sam Moir


Legendary and beloved Catawba College Basketball Coach Sam Moir died October 20, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center in Salisbury.  He was 94.

Moir, a member of eight halls of fame, coached almost 1,000 games at Catawba during 34 seasons between 1960 and 1994 with a record of 546-399.  Under his leadership, Catawba won seven championships, including NAIA District titles in 1982 and 1983. Both of those winning teams made it to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City where the 1983’s team 29-4 record remains the best in Catawba’s school history.

It was thanks in large measure to Moir’s leadership and influence that the Abernethy Physical Education Center and its Goodman Gym were constructed and opened on campus in 1970.

In 1971, he started a three-day Christmas Classic, a high school holiday tournament for Rowan and Davie counties’ boys and girls’ teams. That crowd-drawing event was renamed in his honor in 1996, and remains an anticipated holiday staple in the local community.
The basketball court at Goodman Gym was named in Moir’s honor after his retirement, as is the Catawba men’s basketball most valuable player award, given annually to the team’s top player.

Moir, who worked at Catawba for 34 years, received many accolades throughout his life.  He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the halls of fame for Catawba College, the NAIA, South Atlantic Conference, Salisbury-Rowan County, Oak Ridge Academy, Mt. Airy and Surry County, N.C. He was honored by Appalachian State University with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Catawba honored him with its Trustee Award in 1986, and a scholarship was established in his honor at Catawba in 1997.

But despite the tributes and honors that Moir received, he was proudest of his former players and the lives and careers they pursued after college.

A native of Francisco, near Mt. Airy, N.C., Moir was born Sept. 13, 1924.  His college career was interrupted by 30 months of military service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was awarded an Air Medal and a Purple Heart for his service in the Pacific campaign. When he returned from the war, he graduated from Appalachian State University with his bachelor’s degree in 1949 and master’s degree in 1950. He also played basketball and baseball for Appalachian during his time there.

Before coming to Catawba in 1960, Moir enjoyed a 10-year coaching career at Mt. Airy High School. His basketball coaching record there was 179-74, including a state championship and a perfect 25-0 record during his last season in 1960.

Moir was predeceased by wife, Betty, who died in 2001. He is survived by sons Mike and Ron.
Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Moir family. A service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the college campus.

Today's Events

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL, noonStats
Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL, 2:00Stats
Baseball @ USC Aiken, 6:00VideoStats


«April 2019»
April 1

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (WindRiver GC)

Golf (W) @ McAmis Memorial - Day 1 (Link Hills CC)

April 2

Golf (W) @ McAmis Memorial - Day 2 (Link HIlls CC) 1st of 6

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 2 (WindRiver GC) 17th of 20

Baseball vs. BARTON 12-2

April 3

Softball @ Wingate 6-5

Tennis (W) vs. QUEENS 2-5

Tennis (M) vs. QUEENS 2-5

Softball @ Wingate 2-6

Lacrosse (W) vs. QUEENS 8-17

April 5

Lacrosse (M) @ Limestone 7-24

April 6

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational


Softball @ King 10-1

Baseball vs. QUEENS 16-10

Softball @ King 1-7

Baseball vs. QUEENS 8-3

April 7

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Lake Hickory CC)

Softball @ Lees-McRae, ccd. 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. QUEENS 2-5

April 8

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Lake Hickory CC)

April 9

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Lake Hickory CC) 9th of 11

April 10

Tennis (M) @ Anderson 1-6

Tennis (W) @ Anderson 2-5

Softball vs. COKER 2-1

Softball vs. COKER 1-0

Lacrosse (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 15-16

Baseball vs. LANDER 14-11

Lacrosse (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 5-17

April 11

Tennis (M) @ Newberry 2-5

Tennis (W) @ Newberry 6-1

April 12

Baseball @ Newberry 2-4

April 13

Tennis (M) vs. Tusculum 1-6

Tennis (W) vs. Tusculum 0-7

Baseball @ Newberry 5-9

Softball @ Mars Hill 1-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. QUEENS 13-12

Softball @ Mars Hill 8-3

Baseball @ Newberry 2-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. YOUNG HARRIS 19-16

April 14

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Camden CC)

April 15

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Camden CC)

Tennis (M) @ Wingate (SAC Tournament Quarterfinals) 0-4

Lacrosse (W) @ Chowan 18-6

April 16

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Camden CC) 9th of 11

Tennis (W) @ Tusculum (SAC Tournament - Quarterfinals) 1-4

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 4-3

April 17

Softball vs. NEWBERRY 10-12

Softball vs. NEWBERRY 2-5

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 9-6

April 18

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-6th;W-8th

Lacrosse (W) vs. Tusculum 16-6

Lacrosse (M) vs. Tusculum 10-11

April 22

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL noon

Softball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.

Baseball @ USC Aiken 6 p.m.

April 23

Lacrosse (W) vs, WINGATE (SAC Tournament -1st Round)

Baseball @ Winston-Salem St. 6 p.m.

April 25

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 26

Softball in SAC TOURNAMENT (1st Round)

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

April 27

Softball in SAC TOURNAMENT (Semifinals)

Softball in SAC TOURNAMENT (Championship)

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 28

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament


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