Billie J. Moore

Billie Moore was the first coach in women's basketball history to take two different schools to national championships – California State-Fullerton and UCLA. Her first season’s national championship set the tone for her entire career. She compiled a 140-15 record, including eight conference titles and two national third place finishes at Fullerton. These wins opened the door for her time at UCLA. At UCLA, Moore coached Hall of Famers Ann Meyers and Denise Curry, won 296 games, and became the eighth coach in women's basketball history to reach the 400-win mark. The 1978 AIAW championship game that featured UCLA and Maryland was played before the largest crowd in championship history at that time. Highly respected for her foundation in tactical basketball, in 1976 she coached the first U.S. Olympic women's basketball team leading them to the silver medal. Moore was a pioneer who helped bridge the early years of women’s college basketball to the modern game.