January 23, 2011

Moore finds home at Kents Hill School

By Bill Stewart
Staff Writer

Stan Moore is eager to fall in love with Maine. A New Yorker at heart -- albeit, a central New Yorker -- Moore says he's a small-town guy who embraces a quieter pace of life.

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CLOSER TO HOME: Stan Moore talks to Kents Hill School hockey players during practice last week in the The Harold and Ted Alfond Athletics Center in Readfield. Moore is a former college coach who joined the Kents Hill boys hockey team this fall as a part-time assistant coach under Larry Cockrell.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

At Kents Hill, he's found them both.

"I certainly don't have deep roots in the state of Maine, but that's changing now," Moore said.

Is it ever.

Moore, 54, joined the Kents Hill boys hockey team this fall as a part-time assistant coach under Larry Cockrell.

He came to the school as a history-making Division I college hockey coach whose career included stops at Brown, Union, Colgate and, most recently, Providence.

Moore -- who has twice been named Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year -- brings a unique perspective to the Kents Hill program, Cockrell says.

"Our on-ice development has been outstanding," he said. "He has such knowledge of the game."

OK, but how does someone who spent more than two decades coaching big-time collegiate hockey programs suddenly end up here?

Simple, Moore says.


Heading to Maine

Moore's wife, Barbara, is an associate dean at Colby College, a job she's held since July 1, 2007. This fall, Moore was prepared to work as assistant coach at Providence College for the sixth straight season.

However, he resigned three weeks before the Friars were scheduled to open the season because he wanted to be closer to his family.

For the last three years, Moore split his time commuting from Providence to his family's Belgrade home.

"Over time it became important for me to consider being back at home with my family," said Moore, who has three children ages 12 and under. "I did not want to leave Providence. I didn't want to leave the program, but it was more important to be home with my family.

"Sometimes you forget what it's like to be a dad. You think you are being a parent but you're actually doing it long distance. It's not good for the kids."

He added: "Three years ago my wife interviewed for a position at Colby College. For anyone in higher education, becoming a dean is an important elevation of your career. So my wife interviewed for it and it was very apparent she would be offered the job. So I went to (Providence coach) Tim Army and said, 'I think I'm about to make a move to Maine.' He said we'll make it work."

The Moores tried.

Stan lived in an apartment in Providence during the week, then drove to Maine after his games on the weekend.

It wasn't easy -- the commute would take nearly four hours.

"I'd leave at 11 at night Saturday after a home game," he said, "and drive all the way to Maine. Then I'd leave at 7 Monday morning. I was kind of a stranger in both places, Providence and Maine. We started this year thinking it would be fine, but it became apparent I needed to make a change. I was not happy to leave, but very happy to be with the family."

Added Barbara Moore, Stan's wife: "It was more difficult for Stan than me and the kids. He was away from everybody. The kids certainly missed him. Each time it was time to head back to Providence, it was harder and harder. We had talked a while ago, too, that five years was about all we could do of this. And this was a time the kids would need both parents home."

Moore reached out to several schools regarding possible hockey employment, including Hebron Academy and Kents Hill.

He interviewed at both schools in the fall.

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