Through rehabilitation, he was able to regain some mobility in his arms, but the injury kept him confined to a wheelchair.
It presented a tough mental obstacle for Moore – how would others react to a handicapped coach? Before he could command respect through talent.
“I would lie in that hospital bed and I would think to myself, ‘How am I going to handle situations where kids confront me about my injury or I end up with problems with kids because of my injury?’ “ Moore said.
Whatever Moore lost in athleticism, others say he made up for in developing ways to communicate to young men.
After assuming the Clinton athletic director position in 2006, Gary Leuders said he knew Moore only by reputation. The following spring, the Kings finished second in the state team title, the best ever for the school.
“He’s obviously extremely knowledgeable of the game of tennis,” Leuders said. “How calm his demeanor is. How quickly he can point out tips that help out in the middle of a match. I think he’s very good at getting right to the point about what he’s seeing and communicating that.
“I think it’s pretty evident that our tennis kids are all pretty high-character kids. They learn at a very young age that if they’re going to play tennis for Clinton they’re going to have very high character.”
This is partially the result of Moore and his ex-wife Cindy Rasche’s development of Clinton youth tennis programs. (Rasche is coach of the River Queens tennis team, currently on its own bid for the 2013 state title.)
“All our kids we have since they’re 5,” Rasche said. “We’re now teaching some of their kids. (David) will pick at technique until it is flawless. He always has the right strategy to use.”