Jesse Moore Named New Head Coach at Dartmouth

Peter Roby, Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation at Dartmouth College has announced that Jesse Moore, associate head coach at the University of Minnesota, will take over as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs at Dartmouth.

Moore spent the last three seasons at Minnesota, where he oversaw the middle distance and IM groups, coordinated recruiting, and managed rosters for both the men’s and women’s programs. While at Minnesota, Moore coached 33 NCAA qualifiers and helped both the men’s and women’s team earn top 20 finishes at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

Before coming to Minnesota, Moore served as the associate head coach at Northwestern University, where he coached all training groups, led recruiting efforts, managed social media accounts, and coordinated team travel. During his time there, the team thrived in both the pool and the classroom, making it to NCAAs in both 2017 and 2018 and earning multiple CSCAA All-America and Big Ten individual honors.

Prior to Northwestern, Moore also worked as an assistant coach at Duke (2012-16), and at his alma mater William & Mary (2010-12), where he earned his MBA while working as an assistant coach.

Moore launched his coaching career in 2008, working as a graduate assistant academic advisor at Drexel for two years. In this role, he advised students from several different athletic teams and worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the swimming and diving teams.

Moore will take over a program at Dartmouth that has dealt with quite a few challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’s devastating effects on collegiate athletics. In July of 2020, Dartmouth made the decision to cut 5 programs in an effort to save money: men’s and women’s swimming, men’s lightweight rowing, and men’s and women’s golf. This decision was met with immediate backlash, however, with the women’s swimming and diving team and the women’s golf team both citing a Title IX violation. As a result, Dartmouth announced the reinstatement of all 5 of the programs that were originally going to be cut in January of this year.

You can read Dartmouth’s full press release on the hiring of Moore below:

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation Peter Roby ’79 has announced the hiring of Jesse Moore as head coach of the Dartmouth men’s and women’s swimming and diving program.

Moore comes to Hanover from Minneapolis, where he spent three seasons as the associate head coach at Minnesota. He wore many hats in that role, coaching the Gophers’ middle distance and IM groups for both the men and women while also leading the recruiting efforts and managing the rosters.

Since being hired in 2018, Moore helped coach 33 NCAA qualifiers, seeing the women place 11th and the men 19th at the 2019 NCAA Championship. The team earned 69 Academic All-Big Ten accolades, 43 scholar All-America honors, team scholar All-America honors and one CoSIDA Academic All-America nod during his time in that role.

“Jesse brings an energy and enthusiasm to our swimming and diving programs that is just what we need,” Roby said. “His national reputation will be a tremendous asset.”

Prior to coaching at Minnesota, Moore was the associate head coach for women’s swimming at Northwestern (2016-18). He was in charge of recruiting, fundraising, coaching all training groups, managing team travel and running the social media pages. The Wildcats made it to NCAAs in 2017 and 2018, placing 21st and 22nd, respectively. The team broke 23 school records, earned 14 CSCAA Scholar All-America individual honors, and had 11 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars with GPAs over 3.7.

His coaching accomplishments don’t stop there. As the assistant coach and director of recruiting at Duke (2012-16), he recruited the 12th, 15th and 11th-ranked women’s recruiting classes nationally for 2014, 2015 and 2015, seeing 21 athletes compete at NCAAs and break 103 team records throughout the season. As the assistant at William & Mary (2010-12), he coached 10 CAA conference champions and three 2012 Olympic Trials qualifiers.

Moore got his start as the graduate assistant academic advisor at Drexel (2008-10). He advised students from the swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, wrestling, field hockey, rowing, women’s lacrosse and softball programs, while also volunteer coaching with the swimming and diving teams.

“I am thrilled and grateful to be the next head coach of men’s and women’s swimming and diving at Dartmouth,” Moore said. “I want to thank Peter Roby, [senior associate athletics director] Joann Brislin and the entire senior staff for the opportunity to lead our women and men through their collegiate journey and beyond! Dartmouth is a special place with outstanding people and enormous possibilities, and I cannot wait to get started. Go Big Green!”

Moore swam at and graduated from William & Mary in 2008 with a degree in neuroscience. He went on to get his master’s in public health, health management and policy from Drexel (2010) before returning to William & Mary for his master of business administration (2014).

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Rick Paine
4 months ago

great hire

YeahBaby
4 months ago

Nothing but love for Jesse! Great coach and awesome person!!

Steve
4 months ago

Congrats Jesse!

Tribe fan
4 months ago

Congrats to Jesse! Great hire for Dartmouth!

PG3
4 months ago

Does anyone believe Jesse is a great coach based on anything besides liking the guy or being friends with him? If we’re going to believe he’s doing so much at Minnesota, is Jesse to blame for their recent nose dive?

Coach A
Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

Not the swimmers Jesse recruited.

PG3
Reply to  Coach A
4 months ago

I’m not sure what you’re saying. If he was there for three years as the recruiting coordinator, he was responsible for recruiting half of the team.

Sam B
Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

he did a great recruiting job, too bad he won’t see the results of his accomplishments in the next few years.

PG3
Reply to  Sam B
4 months ago

This is exactly why I think you people are blindly labeling him a great coach and recruiter without critically analyzing his body of work. Current freshmen and sophomores were recruited on Jesse’s watch, and between men and women they had ONE swimming NCAA qualifier from that half of the team. That one swimmer totaled zero points at the meet. At a place like Minnesota, how is this great recruiting? Why are we as a swimming community so incredibly biased and subjective when we label who is “great” and who isn’t?

Sam B
Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

check it out next year. And btw he had no scholarship budget, he had to get very creative to get great swimmers, which he did

PG3
Reply to  Sam B
4 months ago

What? You’re saying that Minnesota isn’t fully funded, or they just didn’t let their recruiting coordinator spend scholarships. They definitely lost scholarship swimmers in his tenure.

LV LUVR
Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

Without question, it’s an interesting question…
What ‘is’ coaching? Presence? Social media attention? Writing workouts?
Simply asking each student-athlete how their day was?
The college realm is full of what I deem ‘social media assistants’ – but in the technology-rich world we live in, these coaches are certainly relevant and necessary to each program’s visibility.

I’m curious – what to you makes a great coach, besides being likable? Have Duke, WM, NW, and now MN swimmers not improve while Jessee was on deck?

There is nuance and subtlety to coaching.. our limited scope of ‘doesn’t write the workouts, doesn’t coach’ is an outdated view, the support staff and integration of the entire SA experience is on the rise.

PG3
Reply to  LV LUVR
4 months ago

I get what you’re saying, and I agree with you. What I’m asking, though, is why are you all saying he’s a great coach? I’m not saying he’s not, I just really don’t see the evidence to say he is. How can you label anyone who’s been at Minnesota the last three years a great coach? (unless they’ve exclusively coached McHugh and not been involved in recruiting). Before that, Northwestern seemed to take off when he left. I’ll admit that I know very little about Duke. I do know that W&M didn’t miss a beat when he left and kept getting better.
You’re right about social media these days, and it really bums me out, but does it really… Read more »

Huh
4 months ago

One of the worst jobs in swimming

Mike Brown
4 months ago

Finally some good news heading Dartmouth’s way ! Mike Brown, 1970 Dartmouth Grad

Fortnite Nick
4 months ago

Yahoo!