Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Former Saint Star Halker now a Michigan Assistant

And, here's another coaching move of note to MAAC fans, one we've known about for a little while but wanted it to become official before we mentioned it here.

Melanoe (Halker) Moore was recently hired as an assistant coach at Michigan.

In her playing days, Halker-Moore was one of the top female players to ever in the MAAC as a player at Siena from the 1995-96 season through the 1998-99 season. She still ranks fourth in total points and fourth in total rebounds in the history of all MAAC teams, the only conference player to appear in the top four in those two statistical categories.

She scored 2,021 career points and grabbed 1,122 rebounds. She was named the MAAC's Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999.

Halker-Moore has 10 years of coaching experience, including the last five as an assistant at Princeton where she worked with post players and was the recruiting coordinator. During her time there Princeton finished with two perfect 14-0 Ivy League slates and earned the Ivy League's first-ever women's basketball national ranking, at No. 24, late this past season. The program went to the NCAA tournament this past season and had the best seed ever by an Ivy League team with a No. 9 seeding position.

Siena had the opportunity, this past off-season, to bring Halker-Moore back as its head coach. She did receive a preliminary interview, but was never a serious candidate according to sources close to that search.

Prior to her time at Princeton she was an assistant for one season at Dayton University and, before that, had been on the coaching staffs at Indiana State and Siena. She also played two years of professional ball, in Luxembourg and Israel, immediately following her playing days at Siena.

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