Teague Moore
Teague Moore
Previous College: Oklahoma State '99
Position: Head Coach

A national champion on the mat and a builder of a national-level wrestling program focused on the whole student-athlete, Teague Moore is in his eighth season as head coach at American in 2018-19.

Moore has developed a culture for AU Wrestling that combines outstanding coaching on the mat with an eye toward producing national champions and All-Americans, a focus that supports academic achievement in an institution with an international reputation and an environment that creates personal growth for each individual as they mature through their collegiate experience.

Last season, American picked up four at-large invitations on its way to sending five wrestlers to the NCAA Nationals for the first time in six years.

Recently, Moore has added international coaching assignments to his repertoire. He was selected as the head coach for the U.S. Men's Freestyle Team that competed at the 2017 U-23 World Championships in Poland. He followed that in the fall of 2018 by leading Team USA to a second-place team finish in men's freestyle at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Slovenia.

In 2017, the Eagles had all 10 of their starters earn Academic All-Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association recognition, leading the league in the number of honorees, including some Ivy League institutions.

Meanwhile, the Eagles had three NCAA qualifiers and six place-winners at the EIWA Championships.

In his first six seasons at American, Moore has coached three All-Americans, 24 NCAA qualifiers and 35 place-winners at the EIWA Championships.

Also during that time, Moore’s wrestling team received NCAA Public Recognition as being one of the top 10 percent of wrestling programs nationally in terms of APR, and was AU’s top men’s team in GPA during the 2015-16 year. His student-athletes have been honored 17 times by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for academic awards.

In 2016, Moore coached his third student-athlete to All-America status as David Terao placed fourth at 125 pounds. Terao’s wrestling style and personality captured the Madison Square Garden crowd and resulted in a pair of standing ovations for the Eagle senior. The national accomplishments and an academic effort that placed four wrestlers as NWCA All-Academic Team members earned Moore the AU Coaching Excellence Award.

Also in 2016, the EIWA awarded the conference’s inaugural All-Academic Awards. Thirty-five wrestlers from 13 schools earned the award, and Moore’s Eagles led the way, with five wrestlers earning recognition, more than any other school. Honorees included seniors Tyler Scotton, Mitchell Wightman and John Boyle. Junior Tom Page and redshirt junior Esteban Gomez-Rivera also received the award.

The Eagles placed third in the EIWA in 2012, with co-captains Ryan Flores and Matt Mariacher earning individual titles. Flores and Ganbayar Sanjaa each reached All-America status at nationals that year.

Prior to arriving at American, Moore was the head coach at Clarion (Pa.) University for five seasons. He led the Golden Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Eastern Wrestling League Championships and the program’s first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship since 1994. He was named the 2011 PSAC Coach of the Year.

Moore sent eight student-athletes to the NCAA Division I Championships in five years at Clarion. Sophomore James Fleming won the 157-pound title at the EWL Championships and was named the Outstanding Wrestler, marking Clarion’s first EWL Champion since 2005 and first Outstanding Wrestler since 1980. Moore’s squad also boasted a PSAC Outstanding Wrestler in 197-pound sophomore Alex Thomas and three PSAC Champions. 

Clarion saw significant improvement in its academic performance during Moore’s tenure. When he first took over the program, Clarion’s APR was 872. When he left the program in 2011, the APR had risen to 950. Moore also mentored four national All-Academic Team honorees at Clarion.

Moore was a four-year starter at Oklahoma State under Head Coach John Smith, winning the 1998 NCAA Championship at 118 pounds with a pin of Michigan State’s Dave Morgan in the finals. A three-time All-American, he also placed third in 1999, fourth in 1997 and qualified for Nationals as a freshman. Moore was a two-time Big-12 Champion and runner-up as a senior, and currently ranks 18th in Cowboy history with a career record of 118-25.

Moore continued his wrestling career at the international level following his graduation from Oklahoma State, placing third at the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and winning the 2000 University World Freestyle Championship and 2002 U.S. Open National Championship. 

He was a three-time member of the National Team, earning a silver medal at the 2003 World Cup and placing second at the 2002 World Team Trials. He also took third place at the 2003 World Team Trials, 2003 U.S. Open National Championships and 2004 U.S. Open National Championships.

Prior to being named head coach at Clarion, Moore spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant at Harvard. In 2003-04, he was the director of film and facilities for the Oklahoma State program which won the 2004 NCAA Team Championship, Big-12 Championship and National Duals Championship.

He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, helping the Sooners to a third-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships, after beginning his career as an assistant at Pittsburgh. Moore pursued coaching on the international level in 2006 and 2007 with the NWCA All-Star Tour. During that time, he oversaw training in Ukraine and Bulgaria. 

Moore was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Wrestling for North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, he was a three-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association place-winner and 1995 State Champion. He was also a three-time Pennsylvania State Freestyle Champion, three-time Junior National Freestyle Champion and National High School Champion in 1995.

Moore is a 1999 graduate of Oklahoma State with a bachelor’s in history. He and his wife, Mary Alice, have three daughters and one son. 


Moore's email: moore@american.edu
Moore's phone number: 202-885-3066

The Teague Moore File

2011-Present American University, Head Coach

3 All-Americans
24 NCAA Qualifiers
2 EIWA Champions
9 EIWA Finalists
35 EIWA Placewinners
17 NWCA All-Academic Team selections



Clarion University, Head Coach

8 NCAA Qualifiers
2011 EWL Outstanding Wrestler
2011 PSAC Outstanding Wrestler
1 EWL Champion
5 PSAC Champions



Harvard University, Assistant Coach

2 EIWA Champions
4 EIWA Finalists



Oklahoma State University, Director of Film and Facilities

2004 NCAA Team Champions
2004 BIG XII Team Champions
2004 National Duals Team Champions

2001-03 University of Oklahoma, Assistant Coach 2003 NCAA 3rd Place
2003 BIG XII 3rd Place
2003 University Nationals 2nd Place
2002 NCAA 3rd Place
2002 BIG XII Team Champions


University of Pittsburgh, Assistant Coach