Two samples of the strength of this program are Kruse and Schroeder. Both said they’d known Moore most of their lives. Now they’re among the best high schoolers in the state.
Neither sees their coach as someone confined to a wheelchair.
“Basically, everything we’ve learned has been from him. He’s been coaching us all of our lives. Dave’s taught us everything we know about tennis almost,” Kruse said. “The fact that Clinton’s always consistently so far up in the MAC, and with our coach not being able to show us things but still being able to coach us so great... He’s really well respected in the tennis community.”
Kruse said there’s both pride and pressure with being the last Clinton players Moore will coach.
“Sometimes I wish I could’ve seen him play,” Schroeder said. “It’s been really fun working with him basically my whole life. I wouldn’t be able to do the things and know the things I do without him.”
Moore’s greatest student may have been his daughter. Chelsea Moore was 2 at the time of her father’s accident. This year, she compiled the second-best record at UNI, a clear show-and-tell of her parents’ upbringing. She also aspires for a degree in physical therapy, thanks in large part to her experience with her dad.
“I’ve learned when you have an obstacle, not to give up and to overcome it,” she said. “He got in his accident when I was really young. He could’ve just given up on tennis and not played it, not coached it. But he’s still out there coaching, and that’s inspiring to everyone.”
A singular moment serves as the fulcrum for Moore’s life and coaching career. He says he developed more empathy as a result, and spoke mostly about the positives that came of his life-altering collision.