Wednesday, January 5, 2011

FLCC celebrates longtime professor and coach

Finger Lakes Community College will commemorate the 38-year career of physical education professor and coach Dennis “Putt” Moore by naming its basketball court after him in a Jan. 15 ceremony.

FLCC President Barbara Risser and Athletic Director Bob Lowden will unveil the new floor decals for Putt Moore Court in a ceremony at 5 p.m. in the gym at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The college’s Alumni Association will also present Moore with its Exceptional Service Award.

The event begins with a reception at 4 p.m. It is open to the public, and parking is available near the gym behind the main building.

Moore, a Canandaigua resident, joined FLCC as a physical education professor and coach in 1972, when classes were held in downtown Canandaigua storefronts. He has launched most of FLCC’s 13 sports teams and coached basketball for 18 years and baseball for 4 years.

During his tenure, Moore championed the fight to separate the National Junior College Athletic Association into scholarship and non-scholarship divisions. He also assisted in the formation of the non-scholarship, Division III, Mid-State Athletic Conference in 1987.

“Prior to the separation of scholarship and non-scholarship colleges, a non-scholarship college such as CCFL/FLCC had little or no chance of winning a championship or having any of the college’s student athletes attain any type of individual honors,” Moore said. “The creation of the Division III, non-scholarship division was the single most important change in NJCAA athletics that I was part of because of the long-lasting impact on such a great number of students.”

More than 300 colleagues, students, alumni and community members are expected to attend the Jan. 15 dedication. Those who cannot take part in person can join the celebration remotely through social media links at This Web page has links to the college’s Facebook, Blogger, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr accounts, which allow the public to learn more about news and events at the college. Visitors to can do the following:

  • View and comment on videos, photos and blog entries
  • Sign up to follow the Jan. 15 ceremony on Twitter (Note: Twitter will be among the means to notify the public if the event is postponed to the Jan. 22 snow date.)
  • Watch the ceremony live via Webstream (approximately 5 p.m. Jan. 15)

“Who can say how many lives Putt has touched in 38 years as a teacher and coach?” said FLCC President Barbara Risser. “Since we know many people can’t be here in person, we want Putt’s friends and former students to join us in a meaningful way using social media.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1968 from Ithaca College, Moore taught and coached at Victor High School and at Red Jacket High School. In fall 1972, he accepted a position at Community College of the Finger Lakes, as it was known then, to teach physical education and coach basketball – in whatever space was available. Classes and practices were held at the YMCA with games played there, as well as at Bloomfield High School and Canandaigua Academy.

While teaching at FLCC, Moore earned a master’s degree in physical education from Syracuse University and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Brockport.  He is a 1998 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and he was named the 2005-06 Region III Athletic Director of the Year. Putt was the first coach to be inducted in the CCFL/FLCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

For more information about the ceremony, call (585) 785-1454. 

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