TSU Alumnus Moon Heads Men?s Team at World Indoors
Thursday, February 9, 2012

USA Track and Field has announced that former Tennessee State Univeristy Flying Tiger 100 yards co-world record holder and national champion John Moon has been selected as the head coach of the USA men's track and field team at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey on March 9-11, 2012.  Also, Moon will serve as the men's throws coach.  Currently, Moon is the head cross country coach at Seton Hall University.

Moon's distinguished coaching career spans over 40 years, has taken him to over 50 countries and has garnered him many coaching appointments, awards, and inductions.  He started as a high school coach for Kilmer Job Center and Rahway High School in New Jersey.  With Rahway, Moon earned 33 championships and a 99-11 dual meet record.  Moon became Seton Hall's head coach in 1972 and in his first year, coached the men's mile relay team to first place at the NCAA Indoor Championships.  He has coached 71 All-Americans and seven NCAA Champions, including 400 meters specialist Andrew Valmon, an Olympic relay gold medalist and BIG EAST record holder.  Moon guided the Lady Pirates to 3rd place at the 1994 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Moon's appointments, awards and inductions include:  first assistant coach, men's Track Team, 2000 Summer Olympics; head track coach, 1995 Pan American Games; head coach, 2001 U.S. vs. Great Britain dual meet; assistant coach, 1991 Goodwill Games; head coach, 1983 U.S. Olympic Festival East Team; head coach, 1975 U.S. Junior National Team; 2002 Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year; NCAA Women's Indoor Track Coach of the Year; Big East Coach of the Year seven times; Collegiate Track Conference Coach of the Year six times; Newark YMWCA Legendary Coaches Award; Seton Hall Athletic Hall Fame; and New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Moon was equally impressive as a track star.  At Linden High School, he ran the 100 yards in 9.7 seconds and the 220 yards in 21.0 seconds, earning All-State and All-American honors.  At Tennessee State and with Wilma Rudolph as a teammate, Moon again earned All-American honors and tied the 100 yards world record at 9.3 seconds.  Also, he won the 100 yards at the NAIA and placed third in the NCAA Championships.  After graduating from TSU, Moon finished second in the 100 yards at the 1963 National AAU Championships and ran 20.3 seconds in the 220 and 46.2 in the 440.  In 1964, he became the last man to beat Bob "Bullet" Hayes, the Olympic legend who had established a new level of speed in track and field.

Moon's appointment as the head coach of the U.S. indoor team to the World Indoors is somewhat remarkable and ironic because Seton Hall cancelled its indoor and outdoor track and field teams at the end of the 2010 season to reallocate over $1 million to other areas.  However, Seton Hall retained men's and women's cross country, and Moon continues as the head coach of both teams.