CHICAGO – Roosevelt University director of athletics John Jaramillo announced that he has hired Aaron Moore, most recently the general manager of the two-time defending National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) champion Chicago Bandits, to be the new head softball coach of the Lakers.
"I am excited to have Aaron here at Roosevelt," Jaramillo said. "His credentials in the game of softball are steeped in success on and off the field. His network within the sport is vast, and his enthusiasm for this new challenge is just what our program needs for the 2017 season and beyond. I am happy that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to work with Aaron and gain the perspective of a softball mind who has worked in so many phases of the game and with some of the best talent in the sport."
"I am thankful for the opportunity to be the next softball coach at Roosevelt University," said Moore. "Coaching is truly a passion of mine and I look forward to working with these student-athletes.
"A big thank you to John Jaramillo and Roosevelt for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I'm excited to get to work."
Moore takes over as Roosevelt's head coach following a successful seven-year run as the architect of one of the perennial powers in American professional softball. He constructed Chicago Bandits teams that won three NPF titles, including back-to-back championships to cap the past two seasons. Three of the Rosemont-based team's NPF-record four titles were the result of Moore's work, and the Bandits also posted a pair of NPF runner-up finishes during his tenure.
Every facet of the Bandits' operation, ranging from player acquisitions and coaching hires to gameday operations and revenue generation, were successfully directed by Moore and earned the Bandits a highly-praised reputation around the league and in the Chicagoland area.
Moore is no stranger to coaching the game, either. He has served as head coach for Timothy Christian and Durand high school teams, and he coached travel ball for the Rosemont Bandits 16U and the Stateline Fury (Roscoe, Ill.) Fastpitch 16/18U squads.
Prior to his time with the Bandits, Moore served as vice president and general manager of the Rockford Thunder NPF team from 2006-2009. He oversaw every aspect of the team's operation and put together the 2009 NPF championship team and a 2007 runner-up squad.
Moore started in professional softball as a league intern for NPF in 2003 and worked his way to becoming the league's media relations manager later that year. He moved on to become interim general manager for the Arizona Heat in the second half of the 2004 campaign.
A native of Northglenn, Colorado, Moore earned a degree in mass communications in 2003 from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he was a four-year sports information office staffer with a hand in all gameday functions.
Moore and his wife, Hannah, live in Oak Park.