BUCKHANNON – New West Virginia Wesleyan head lacrosse coach Hannah Lively has filled out her staff with the hiring of Ryann Moore as an assistant coach.
Moore will join Lively and assistant coach Emily Noel on the sidelines during the 2016-17 season. Like Lively and Noel, Moore is a former member of the Lady Bobcat lacrosse team.
She is a native of Fairmont, W. Va. and a 2007 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.
While at Fairmont Senior, she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse and was a 2005 and 2006 Second Team All-Stater in soccer.
She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Business Management and went on to earn a Master's of Business Administration in 2011.
At Wesleyan, she played club lacrosse from 2008-2010 and was a member of the first recognized Lady Bobcat lacrosse varsity team in 2011. She also was a member of the Lady Bobcat soccer program from 2007-08.
Moore, a current community health advisor with the American Cancer Society, was the assistant coach of the Fairmont Senior lacrosse team from 2012 until this past spring. She has also served as the girls' soccer head coach from 2012-14 and started the lacrosse program at the middle school level in Fairmont in 2012 and was the head coach until 2015.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Moore as she not only attended Wesleyan but was a classmate of Lively's as the two attending the college at the same time.
"Hannah and I met while attending Wesleyan together," Moore said. "We have built a friendship over the years and have coached against each other on the middle school and high school level."
Moore said it wasn't a hard decision to return to Wesleyan and assist with the lacrosse team.
"Wesleyan has always held a special place in my heart after graduation," Moore said. "I have made some of my best memories on that campus. I have spent the last five years coaching at my high school alma mater and I have enjoyed every moment of it, so when I was given the opportunity to be able to return to Wesleyan it really wasn't a difficult decision.
"Playing the first year for the Wesleyan team was definitely a difficult task given that we had some players who had never even seen the game before, but our coaches were committed to making us strive to be better, so if I can help the team continue to push to improve on and off the field then that is definitely something I want to be a part of."
Moore believes her past coaching experience will be beneficial for the Lady Bobcat program.
"I have had the privilege of coaching the past five years with three great men who I look up to as coaches as well as people," she stated. "Together we have worked hard to keep the fun in the game and to make the girls enjoy coming to practice and believing in themselves enough to reach their goals. We just came off of a highly successful season capped off with a state championship title so I hope to bring that excitement and drive over to the Lady Bobcat program. We have put a lot of focus on practicing like a champion/acting like a champion and that is something I would like to instill with this group as well on top of having fun!"
Moore said one her goals as assistant coach is to push the players to be the best they can be.
"When every player can look their teammates in the eye and tell them they have given them everything they have day after day, there is no stopping what a team can accomplish," she stated.
Lively remarked about the hiring of Moore, "I am excited to have another Wesleyan alum on the coaching staff. She has always been a great motivator and has such a positive attitude. I can't wait to head into season with her assistance."
The lacrosse season will get underway in late February for the Lady Bobcats.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity and can't wait to return to my Home Among the Hills," Moore concluded.