Jeannine Moore has spent the last 18 school years being the strongest piece of thread in the fabric that is the Mountain View athletic department.
Athletic department secretaries tend to hold things together, and Moore has done just that for nearly two decades while working for six athletic directors.
It comes to an end this week as Moore retires after a total of 40 years, including 22 years as a teacher in California, working in education to begin the next stage of her life.
“I plan on doing some traveling, and just organize the house,” she said. “I am a big quilter and I really want to dive into our family history.
“My first trip will be in September so when everyone is settling back into the routine of the school year I will be off somewhere doing anything I want.”
Moore, 65, has definitely left her mark at Mountain View while taking care of so many of the unspoken and unnoticed daily duties of the athletic department.
“Jeannine embodies all that is Toro Nation,” Mountain View athletic director Roxanne Perrin said, “and is well-respected by our coaching staff.”
Perrin is the last AD that Moore has helped run the department after also working with David Hines, A.J. Sligh, Steve Harris and Eric Vazquez over the years.
“It’s always an adjustment when a change is made,” Moore said. “Some wanted me to be involved in everything and others didn’t want me to have as much hands-on work, but all were good to work for over the years.”
When Moore come to Arizona she knew she didn’t want to be grading papers and making lesson plans at all hours of the night.
Little did she know the athletic department can be just as consuming.
“I thought this job would be perfect,” said Moore, who was official scorer for the girls and boys volleyball programs. “I had no idea I would get so involved with everything in athletics.”
Over the years she has been one of the mainstays at the school that has seen some of the most dramatic changes in the East Valley as population shifts, power programs and championship production has largely shifted more toward the Chandler and Ahwatukee schools.
“We still have great tradition and the same number of athletes as 18 years ago,” Moore said. “The champion teams come and go, and some of the passion isn’t what it used to be for some sports, but Mountain View is always a great place to be.
“I am going to miss the people, the coaches and kids so much. They all became a much bigger part of my life than I expected when I got here.”
– Jason P. Skoda is a freelance writer for MyNewsMesa.com.