Barton Community College athletic director Trevor Rolfs pays homage to Todd Moore, an assistant athletic director and sports information director.
“Todd Moore is a vital piece of the administrative pie within Barton Athletics,” Rolfs said. “His passion for the colleagues he works side by side with and love for the students he serves here at Barton is unparalleled. Todd works tirelessly. His commitment to the success of Barton athletics is awesome!”
Moore has served 10 years in his current position after working six years as admissions and marketing director at Barton. Moore was born in Blackwell, Okla. and graduated from Hutchinson Central Christian, Hutchinson Community College and Kansas State University.
He earned his sports management/administration master’s degree in 2007 from Wichita State University.
Q—What are your favorite Barton athletics memories?
“That’s a very tough question, as I’ve been fortunate to witness a lot of special moments,” Moore said. “I’ll rank in no order, a trip down memory lane.
· All the trips, laughs, miscues, and comradery with SID student workers
· Mike Warren’s 1000th collegiate baseball victory, at the Cougars’ home field – a place in made possible by coach Warren
· Craig Fletchall coaching in the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Basketball tournament in his Hutchinson hometown. Witnessing Fletch receive a well-deserved KBCA Two-Year Coach of the Year honor.
*The players were awesome, represented the college very well, and it was a fun season,” Moore said.
· Each Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Meeting and hearing from the inductees about what Barton was like is priceless.
· The 2015 softball team capturing Region VI title for the first time since 1993.
· The 2018 baseball team winning the Jayhawk West Conference title, the Region VI title and first Central District title to advance to the JUCO World Series.
· The experience with the baseball team in Grand Junction, Colo. for the JUCO World Series.
“I was proud of how the guys handled themselves during the public and media interactions,” Moore said. “I got to know them better on a personal level.”
Another lasting memory:
· March 3, 2018 when the men’s track and field team had the indoor national title snatched from their grasp on the last race. It felt like a sucker punch to the gut. However, you knew on that day in Lubbock, Texas, the Cougars would refocus with new passion…which they did in capturing the college’s 56th national trophy at the NJCAA Outdoor Championship.
· November 17, 2018, Daytona, Fla. The No. 3-ranked men’s soccer team was on the verge of a national title before giving up a game-tying goal and finishing national runner-up in double-overtime.
· 2018 backup goalkeeper Oliver Semmle came off the bench to make a penalty kick save to preserve a shutout at the NCAA Tournament. He helped the Cougars hold off No. 6 ranked Georgia Military to advance to advance to the national semifinals.
Q—Who are some of your favorite Barton coaches?
“For the sake of causing bribery and/or perhaps taking the risk of being ostracized from my current community of coaches, I’ll name a few former coaches,” Moore said. “I’ve learned something from every coach I’ve met. Picking a “favorite” is tough, so I’ll name a few (In no rank of order)
· Mike Warren (baseball)—Life is bigger than baseball and caring for others
· Patrick Hall (volleyball)—Learned a ton about volleyball.
· Aaron Avila (soccer)—His calm demeanor and ability to adapt.
· Oliver Twelvetrees (soccer)—Establishing a culture
· Mike Brown (soccer)—Culture, organization, attention to detail
· Tony Davis (track and field)—Culture, passion, work ethic
“Watching Davis practice was a combination of comedy and army boot camp...yet inspirational,” Moore said. ”I always left feeling like I could actually win a gold medal.
· Jonathan Reeder (swimming)—Passion, a student of the game, establishing a culture
· Jonathon Lovercamp (athletic trainer)—Good overall dude, great with the athletes. He always provided me a good laugh.
Q—Who are your favorite Barton athletes?
“I have a list of former athletes I’ve admired, enjoyed watching perform, and made a lasting impression,” Moore said.
· Mariana Poveda (women’s soccer)— Always had a smile, worked hard through rehab after an injury, and earned All-Conference honors twice. Competed at the next level.
· Katrina Roenfeldt (women’s basketball)—Her work ethic through injuries, tenacity on the court and kindness off the court. A storied Barton career. She excelled at the next level.
· Honorable Mention—Nyika Williams (men’s basketball)—A 6-8 gentle giant with the fun-loving spirit of a nine year old. Served as his host family ‘back in the day.’ He’s played professionally and established a family in Japan.
Q—What are the challenges in the SID world?
“The SID world has changed both for the better and the worse, placing more and more challenges on our office,” Moore said. “In addition to technology, social media, and real-time expectations, the increase number of athletes and teams to cover continues to be a big challenge.”
·Technology has made covering games easier when our teams are on the road, and creates a big expectation at home events. Figuring out how to protect expensive broadcast equipment from getting wet/blowing away/over-heating/and staying on the air is a major game-day concern.
·Increase of social media use and platforms. If you haven’t put it on social media, it didn’t happen. From athletes to coaches, the daily demand to post content on social media channels has increased.
· Increased demand of video and audio clips
· Increase immediacy/real time dissemination of information