Chris Moore enters his first season as Interim Head Coach of the Shawnee State baseball program.
Moore spent eight seasons as Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at SSU. His responsibilities also included instructing infielders and coaching third base. His impact was immediate as the Bears have rose in the conference ranks during his tenure and have played for the conference championship in three of the last five seasons, winning championships during two of those campaigns.
The run was currently highlighted by the 2011 season where he helped lead the team to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2000 and was part of the team that won back-to-back conference championships in different conferences (American Mideast and Mid-South). Shawnee State also surpassed the 30-win mark four times in the last five seasons.
During the 2014 season, the Shawnee State pitching staff broke the school record for ERA with a 3.77 staff earned run average. Overall, four of the Bears’ top six team ERAs have come in the last four seasons with Moore guiding the staff. The 2014 pitching staff was highlighted by first-team All-American Derek Moore as he was also named the MSC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, both of which were firsts for the awards to be awarded to a Shawnee State player at the conference level. Derek Moore went on to break four single season school records in his freshman campaign.
During the 2011 season, Coach Moore's pitching staff ended the season ranked in the NAIA top 40 in ERA (3.96). In his time at Shawnee State, Moore has seen his pitchers break single season records in strikeouts three times (Jon Venters, Andy Carter-twice), appearances (Jordan Williams), and complete games (Carter.) He has also been fortunate to work with two pitchers at SSU that have moved on to professional baseball (Venters, Kenta Sato). Moore has also been responsible for continuing to bring talent to SSU. In the last seven years, 31 players have been recognized as all-conference performers and two players (Danny Gesick in 2010 and Phillip Butler in 2011) have been named conference Player of the Year. Additionally, there have been four All-Americans (Butler-twice, Gesick and Derek Moore) since his arrival, including the only two first-team All-Americans in program history.
Moore came to Shawnee State from the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he served two seasons as head coach, leading the team to a 38-15 overall record. During his time at IMG, he sent 19 players to college baseball programs around the country and coached three top 10 round picks; Paolo Espino (10th round, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Pastornicky (fifth round, Toronto Blue Jays), and John Ryan Murphy (second round, New York Yankees). Prior to his time at IMG, Moore was an assistant coach at Indiana University for three years, starting as the volunteer assistant in charge of outfielders and finishing his tenure in Bloomington as the hitting coach as well as being responsible for catchers. Before his time at IU, he served as an infield and hitting coach at Tacoma Community College in Washington State where he helped lead the team to record breaking seasons for wins in back-to-back years. Throughout his coaching career, Moore has had the opportunity to coach a total of 31 players that have gone on to the professional ranks, 14 of which are still playing currently. One player has played on the major league level.
A successful summer ball coach throughout his career, he led the Southern Ohio Copperheads to a Great Lakes League Southern Division title in 2011, tying the best finish in organization history. The Copperheads recorded 31 wins that summer, shattering the record for wins in a season by eight. The team had the best statistical pitching staff (2.74 ERA and .210 avg. against.). Moore won Manager of the Year in the Great Lakes League in 2011 also. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the pitching coach for the Copperheads. During his second summer in Athens, the Copperheads finished in second place. He also spent four summers coaching in the Florida Collegiate Instructional League, reaching the league championship game three times and winning the overall championship twice.
He began his playing career at Tacoma Community College (Wash.) as a first baseman and pitcher and continued playing at Central Washington University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.
Moore resides in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The only two-time NAIA All-American in Shawnee State Baseball program history, Phillip Butler is in his fourth season as a Student Assistant Coach. A transfer from Blinn Community College and native of Spring, Texas, Butler played two seasons at Shawnee State and was an instrumental part of the Bears’ AMC Regular Season Championship in 2010 and the Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship team in 2011.
During his senior campaign in 2011, he was named a first-team NAIA All-American and the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year as he batted .356 and drove in 74 runs which was the best in the conference and sixth-best in the country. Butler also slugged .611 with 10 home runs and 21 doubles that season as SSU went back to the NAIA Tournament for the first time since 2000 and just the third time in program history. He finished his two years with the Bears with a .348 batting average, .599 slugging percentage, 40 doubles and 21 home runs while driving in 126 runs in 121 games. He was an honorable mention All-American in 2010. He was also a first-team All-Conference performer during both of his seasons.
Butler is currently playing with the Southern Illinois Miners, an Independent Professional Baseball team which competes in the Frontier League.