Renowned women’s basketball coach Billy Moore has died at the age of 79

Billy Moore, the women’s basketball coach who made history by winning national championships with two different schools, died of cancer on Wednesday, UCLA announced. She was 79 years old.

The university reports that he died at his Fullerton, Calif., home surrounded by friends and family after a “long battle with multiple myeloma.”

Moore was the first women’s basketball coach to lead two different schools to national titles: Cal State Fullerton in 1970 and UCLA in 1978. He also served for the first time as the head coach for the US women’s Olympic basketball team, which won the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

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FILE – Billy Moore coaching the Olympic women’s basketball team in July 1976.

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Moore began her coaching career as an assistant at Southern Illinois, according to the Associated Press, and then spent eight seasons as head coach at Cal State Fullerton, where she went 140–15 before moving to UCLA. Was.

She was at UCLA for 16 seasons, from 1977 to 1993. He holds the school record for most wins by a women’s basketball coach with 296.

UCLA said she amassed 436 total wins as a collegiate head coach and in 1991 became only the eighth female Division I head coach to win 400 games.

“It is difficult to put into words the depth of Billie Moore’s impact,” Cori Close, the current head coach of UCLA women’s basketball, said in a statement. “I am deeply aware that I get to walk the path that Billy Moore showed. A truly remarkable life well lived.”

Moore was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. He was inducted into UCLA’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

USA Basketball tweeted on Thursday that it was “an honor to be a part of his (Moore’s) journey. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.”

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