Football Student-Athlete, Basketball/Football Coach and Athletic Trainer (1936-77)
To say Ross Moore loved UTEP would be an understatement. Moore proudly devoted 42 years of his life to UTEP as a football player, coach and athletic trainer. Moore began his association with Texas College of Mines in the spring of 1936 when he hitchiked 600 miles from Marshall JC. Moore played basketball and football and captained both teams as a senior in 1938-39. After serving in the Navy after graduation, Moore returned to El Paso and served on the football, basketball and track & field coaching staffs. In 1950 Moore was instructed by football coach Mike Brumbelow to attend various trainers seminars - and thus began his 27-year career as the school's first full-time athletic trainer.
In addition to a number of other accolades and firsts in his career, Ross Moore served as the first athletic trainer at UTEP. Better known as "Moe" to his friends, co-workers, and athletes, Moore was recruited to play football in El Paso in 1936 from Sarepeta, Louisiana. As an undergraduate student at the College of Mines, Moore majored in history while playing football and basketball. He then spent the rest of his life at the same institution through three name changes (College of Mines, Texas Western College, and The University of Texas at El Paso). In addition to serving as the first athletic trainer for the Miners, Moore also coached football, basketball, and track & field. He was in attendance along with about 200 other athletic training pioneers at the first ever National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) National Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri in 1950. Moore became well known for his ability to make protective pads and other equipment for athletes. For years he designed and constructed custom-made moldable plastic mouthpieces and injury pads formed from fiberglass. Moore helped establish the first Miner athletic training room in Holiday Hall, the current home to UTEP track & field. In 1974, the Miner athletic training room was moved from that one small room to a new 2000 square-foot building named in his honor. The Ross Moore Building continued on to serve as the main athletic training facility for Miner student-athletes until June 2002 when the athletic training room moved to the Larry K. Durham center. Moore worked in the Miner athletic training room until his passing in 1977, having devoted over four decades of service to the institution.
His many honors and awards include induction into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame (1968), the Citizens Savings Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame (NATA Hall of Fame) (1974), UTEP Outstanding Ex-Student (1975), and SWATA Hall of Fame (Charter Member 1985). Additionally, the SWATA Past President Award for Student Athletic Trainers was named in his honor in 1978. Ross Moore's many contributions continue to influence the quality education provided to UTEP athletic training students.