Robinson C. Moore '77

Robinson C. Moore '77

An extraordinary two-sport athlete, Robinson Moore ’77 excelled in a pair of demanding sports and, in the process, left an indelible mark on the history of Bowdoin athletics.

A native of New Hampton, New Hampshire, Rob Moore graduated from the New Hampton School, where he stood out on the soccer and lacrosse fields. He carried those talents to Bowdoin, where he immediately saw playing time for the Polar Bears.

Moore was encouraged to attend Bowdoin by lacrosse coach Mortimer LaPointe, and the coach utilized his talents at midfield and attack for the Polar Bears. Against Nichols College in 1976, Moore tied the school mark with eight goals and ten points, highlighting a season in which he finished second on the team with forty-four points.

Although recruited for lacrosse, it was on the soccer pitch that Moore shone brightest. He was one of the first freshmen in the history of the College to be allowed to forego Freshmen Soccer and go directly to the varsity. He paced the team in scoring as a sophomore in 1974, scoring nine goals and three assists. His twenty-one-point season garnered him honorable mention All-New England. In 1975, he led the Polar Bears in points again, notching a team-high eight goals and three assists. His efforts were rewarded with First-Team All-New England honors as the Polar Bears posted consecutive winning campaigns for the first time in a decade.

In 1976, Moore suffered an injury that sidelined him for seven games, but made his statistics all-the-more impressive. In just six contests, he scored ten goals to place second on the team in scoring, captaining the best men’s soccer team in school history to a 10-2-1 overall record. Despite the abbreviated season, Moore claimed First-Team All-New England honors as the Polar Bears won the Sampson Trophy, recognizing New England’s top Division II team.

Despite playing just forty-two career games, Moore still ranks among the all-time leaders in scoring at Bowdoin. He stands in the top ten in single-season goals, career goals, career assists, and career points.

In December of 1976, Moore was drafted to play professionally by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. He decided to forego spring semester at Bowdoin to go to Florida and join the Strikers. He signed later that same season with the Connecticut Bicentennials. Moore returned to Brunswick in the fall of 1977 to finish his college career, and had the opportunity to coach the junior varsity men’s soccer team at the College.

Rob and his wife, Laura, live in Groton, Massachusetts, where he is assistant head of school and responsible for external affairs at Lawrence Academy. He stays active in soccer by running the Lawrence Academy Soccer Camp and by playing in the Greater Boston men’s soccer league. The Moores have three children, one of whom, Grace of the Class of 2008, matched her father’s feats by becoming one of the finest female athletes in school history, appropriately excelling in soccer and lacrosse for the Polar Bears.