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Charles Robert Moir[1] (November 29, 1930 – November 14, 2019) was an American college basketball coach. He was the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team from 1976 until his resignation in October 1987. During his 11 seasons at Virginia Tech, Moir's Hokies compiled a 213–119 record. He was forced to resign after the discovery of severe NCAA violations. Including his time at Tech and coaching stints in high school and at Roanoke College and Tulane University, Moir compiled a career record of 616–238 in his 31 seasons as a high school and college head coach.

Charles Moir
Charles Moir 1988 Bugle.jpg
Moir in 1987 as coach of Virginia Tech
Biographical details
Born(1930-11-29)November 29, 1930
Francisco, North Carolina
DiedNovember 14, 2019(2019-11-14) (aged 88)
Salem, Virginia
Playing career
1949–1951Appalachian State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963–1967Virginia Tech (assistant)
1967–1973Roanoke
1973–1976Tulane
1976–1987Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall616–238
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Division II National championship (1972)
Metro Tournament (1979)

He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (the state-wide organization that honors sports figures who were either from Virginia, or contributed to teams from the state) in 2000.

College AthleteEdit

Moir was a basketball and baseball athlete at Appalachian State University. Following his college career, Moir played Minor League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds organization.[2]

College CoachEdit

After three years in baseball, Moir moved on to coach high school basketball, coaching for eleven years at Stuart, Virginia, Jefferson, North Carolina, and Mount Airy, North Carolina and finishing with a career record of 224–43.[3]

In 1963, Moir joined the Virginia Tech basketball coaching staff as an assistant. After coaching under Bill Matthews and Howard Shannon for four seasons, Moir moved on to Roanoke College where he compiled a 133–44 record in his six years, winning the NCAA College Division (now called Division II) national championship in 1972.

Moir's first recruit at Roanoke was Frankie Allen, the first African American basketball player in school history, who would eventually follow Moir as the head coach of Virginia Tech and become Virginia Tech's first African American head coach.[4]

Moir left Roanoke for Tulane University in 1973, where he earned a 46–33 record. After three years in New Orleans, he returned to the Hokies and Virginia Tech.

Virginia TechEdit

Moir became the head coach in 1976, replacing Don DeVoe, who had moved on to Wyoming.[5] In Moir's first season, the Hokies earned a bid to the NIT, but fell in the second round to #12 Alabama. In Moir's third season as coach, the Hokies, who had been independent since leaving the Southern Conference some 13 years earlier, joined the upstart Metro Conference. Tech stunned tournament favorite #13 Louisville in the conference semi-finals and went on to defeat Florida State for the conference championship.

Following Moir's lone losing season with the Hokies (1986–1987), a report presented by Mike Glazier and Michael Slive detailed 12 NCAA violations in Moir's program. The report found that, "in reviewing the academic records of basketball athletes, it is evident that most are not serious students." Most seriously, none of Moir's recruits from 1981 to 1986—essentially, what would be his last five recruiting classes—graduated.[6] The most serious were that a player had falsely been given credit for a course he did not take and the wife of another player was given a personal car loan. Moir himself was cleared of any wrongdoing, but was forced to resign.[7] Moir's ouster completed a difficult year for the Hokie program; athletics director and football coach Bill Dooley had been pushed out earlier that year. In October, Virginia Tech's football and basketball programs were placed on two years' probation, and the basketball team was banned from postseason play until the 1989–90 season. Virginia Tech was placed in the unenviable position of having both football and basketball on NCAA probation.[8]

During his time at Tech, Moir led the Hokies to four NCAA tournament appearances and four NIT appearances. With a record of 213–119, Moir remains Tech's winningest basketball coach of all time and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

PersonalEdit

Moir's son, Page Moir, was the head men's basketball coach at nearby Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia from 1989–2016.[9] The younger Moir played for his father as a walk-on at Virginia Tech in the 1980s. Charles Moir died on November 14, 2019, at age 88 of congestive heart failure.[10]

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Roanoke Maroons (Mason–Dixon Conference) (1967–1973)
1967–68 Roanoke 22–8 11–3 1st NCAA College Division Regional Fourth Place
1968–69 Roanoke 17–10 12–2
1969–70 Roanoke 20–8 8–6
1970–71 Roanoke 23–8 12–1 NCAA College Division Regional Fourth Place
1971–72 Roanoke 28–4 9–2 NCAA College Division Champion
1972–73 Roanoke 23–6 10–2 NCAA College Division Quarterfinal
Roanoke: 133–44 62–16
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA Division I independent) (1973–1976)
1973–74 Tulane 12–14
1974–75 Tulane 16–10
1975–76 Tulane 18–9
Tulane: 46–33
Virginia Tech Gobblers (NCAA Division I independent) (1976–1978)
1976–77 Virginia Tech 19–10 NIT Quarterfinal
1977–78 Virginia Tech 19–8
Virginia Tech Gobblers/Hokies (Metro Conference) (1978–1987)
1978–79 Virginia Tech 22–9 4–6 T–4th NCAA Division I Second Round
1979–80 Virginia Tech 21–8 8–4 2nd NCAA Division I Second Round
1980–81 Virginia Tech 15–13 6–6 T–3rd
1981–82 Virginia Tech 20–11 7–5 4th NIT Quarterfinal
1982–83 Virginia Tech 23–11 7–5 T–2nd NIT Second Round
1983–84 Virginia Tech 22–13 8–6 4th NIT Semifinal
1984–85 Virginia Tech 20–9 10–4 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1985–86 Virginia Tech 22–9 7–5 3rd NCAA Division I First Round
1986–87 Virginia Tech 10–18 5–7 T–5th
Virginia Tech: 213–119 62–48
Total: 392–196

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Charles Robert Moir obituary". johnmokey.com. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2000". Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Strother, Warren H.; Wallenstein, Peter. From VPI to State University: President T. Marshall Hahn Jr. and the Transformation of Virginia Tech 1962 – 1974. Mercer University Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-86554-787-4.
  4. ^ Berrier, Ralph. "Being a First was Secondary to Being a Star". Roanoke Times.
  5. ^ "Charlie Moir replaces DeVoe". Wilmington Morning Star. Google News Archive Search. March 16, 1976. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; 'NOT SERIOUS STUDENTS'". New York Times. July 3, 1987. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  7. ^ Stewart, Will (August 22, 2005). "The Year of Our Discontent: Conclusion". techsideline.com. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  8. ^ Associated Press (October 27, 1987). "Virginia Tech Hit by Sanctions". New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  9. ^ King, Randy (March 22, 2016). "Page Moir stepping down at Roanoke College". Roanoke Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Former Roanoke College and Virginia Tech coach Charlie Moir dies