Thomas Moran is a science teacher, coach, recruiter, mentor, innovator and one of Mother Seton High School’s biggest supporters. Moran believes that the Clark-based high school offers any girl that comes through its’ hallways a chance to have it all; high academic challenges and a high school sports career with a team that is like a family.
Moran is a veteran science teacher with more than 50 seasons of coaching at Mother Seton Regional High School. To break that down, he has 18 years as a varsity volleyball coach, 17 years as a junior varsity basketball coach and 15 years as a varsity softball coach.
This year, Moran was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his coaching contributions in volleyball and softball. Donna O’Boyle, athletic director believes “Tom Moran is not only a player’s coach, but he is also a parent’s coach. He is a parent’s coach because families entrust their daughters to his beliefs and coaching styles. He is a teacher first and coach second. Any student who plays volleyball, basketball or softball for him, knows that good grades come first. It is no coincidence that Tom’s success in the classroom spills over to the court or playing field.”
In his 18 years of coaching varsity volleyball at Mother Seton, Moran has brought his team to 10 straight state tournaments. He boasts three 20 win seasons, four divisional titles and has taken the team to two GMC championship games.
In softball, his teams appeared in 11 straight NJSIAA tournaments. In 2012, he took his 22nd seeded team all the way to the quarterfinals by upsetting the fouth-seeded South Plainfield team.
“Tom’s passion for his athletes, both on and off the court, have accelerated Mother Seton’s sports programs into competitive and contending teams,” Kevin RJ Downey, assistant volleyball and softball coach, said. ” Assisting Tom in both volleyball and softball, you get a first-hand look into his care and enthusiasm for the athlete’s development over the course of the season. His accomplishments go beyond the courts and classrooms. Creating an atmosphere for all athletes, even those he does not coach, become role models for the rest of the school community.”
In addition to coaching his players, Moran instills values in his players on and off the court and field. He involves his teams in charitable efforts to help support those less fortunate. He lets his players understand that their talents can be valued beyond the game. He also instills an ethic of good sportsmanship in all his players. This value is recognized by other GMC coaches and shows through in many sportsmanship awards his teams have garnered over the years.
Moran is offering summer sports camps at Mother Seton Regional High School. For details, call 732-382-1952 or visit MotherSeton.org.