100 Moments: Remembering Track Coach John Moon
Thursday, August 2, 2012

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by honoring an outstanding athlete who set world records at Tennessee State, and went on to become one of track's most prestigious coaches.

John Moon was an All-American for the Flying Tigers in the early 1960's and remains one of the fastest runners in school history. His time of 9.3 seconds in the 100 yard dash in 1960 tied the world record.

While at TSU, Moon won the 100 yard dash 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, Moon became the last man to beat Bob "Bullet" Hayes, the Olympic legend who was regarded as the world's fastest man.

Moon was elected to Tennessee State's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, but his accomplishments did not stop there.

Moon became head coach for Seton Hall in 1972, and his distinguished coaching career spans over 40 years. His coaching skills have taken him to over 50 countries and have garnered him many coaching appointments, awards, and inductions.

In 1995, Moon coached the U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Moon's squad brought home 36 medals after completing the games.

Moon was also tabbed as assistant coach for the men's track team in 200 for the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. A year later, Moon served as the head coach for the U. S. at the prestigious U.S. vs. Great Britain dual meet in Glasgow, Scotland, featuring some of the top men's and women's athletes in the world.

Moon was also the 2002 Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year and NCAA Women's Indoor Track Coach of the Year. He has been named Big East Coach of the Year seven times and Collegiate Track Conference Coach of the Year six times.

This past Feb., Moon was chosen 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.

Moon is currently the head cross country coach at Seton Hall and has been inducted into the school's Athletic Hall Fame as well as the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.