The Hampton University Department of Athletics has announced the second class to be inducted into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The five-member class will be enshrined in an induction ceremony on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at the Student Center Ballroom on the HU campus.
“This outstanding group of individuals symbolizes the essence of success on the national and world stage,” said Dr. Charles Wooding, who chairs the HU Athletics Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “The committee was careful to consider nominees from all time eras and from the traditional and non-traditional sports. Those ultimately selected for induction earned the right to be hall of famers by the distinction they brought, not only to the University, but to college athletics in general.”
Sylvius Moore was a member of the Hampton football team that won the CIAA title in 1931, but that was merely the beginning for him. Moore also won CIAA middleweight wrestling titles in 1934 and 1935. After graduating, he got into coaching – among the sports he coached were football, basketball, tennis, wrestling, and most notably, swimming.
Moore served as swimming coach at Hampton from 1943 until 1985, and he co-founded the CIAA’s competitive swimming program with John H. Burr of Howard University. Moore coached Hampton to seven CIAA swimming titles. When combining individual and team titles, he oversaw more than 40 championship efforts. Moore coached more than 1,000 collegiate swimmers, including Gail Bond and Arthur Armstrong, the first African-American age group swimmers to break a Virginia state record.
Moore also founded the Hampton Aquatic Club, the first integrated AAU age-group swim team in Virginia in the 1960s. He was also elected one of four vice-presidents of the Virginia State Amateur Athletic Union in 1975. In 1977, the Sylvius S. Moore Invitational Swim Meet was created to celebrate Moore’s 50-plus years in aquatics.
Moore is a member of the Swimming Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.
“Last year’s Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet was an inspirational affair that re-introduced some of the great legends of college sports to the University and local community,” said Lonza Hardy Jr., HU’s Director of Athletics. “The same will be true for this year. Consequently, we encourage everyone to purchase tickets for the banquet so that they may witness these legends gain their rightful place in our Hall of Fame.”
For more information on the Hampton University Athletics Hall of Fame, or to purchase tickets, contact the Department of Athletics at (757) 727-5641.